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Has the Professional Integrity of the civil servants been systematically eroded in our country? Discuss in the backdrop of the issue of political interference in the civil services.

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.

7. Has the Professional Integrity of the civil servants been systematically eroded in our country? Discuss in the backdrop of the issue of political interference in the civil services. (250 words)

Reference:  ETHICS INTEGRITY AND APTITUDE SUBBARAO

Why the question:

The question is based on the professional integrity of civil servants.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain in detail if the Professional Integrity of the civil servants been systematically Eroded in our country in the backdrop of the issue of political interference in the civil services.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with what you understand by professional integrity.             

Body:

One has to explain how political pressures are a fact of life and every public servant, in particular, a member of an All-India Service, is subjected to it in one form or another.

Highlight the issue of political interference to civil servants in the country.

Explain that for a politician, civil servants are like tools to be used, misused and, on occasion, even abused. If an officer lets her guard down, she could be in trouble.

Discuss in detail the effects of political interference in Administration.

Opine if the Professional Integrity of the civil servants has been systematically eroded in our country.

Conclusion:

Suggest solutions to address the issue.