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For a civil servant when private and public relationships overlap, ethics becomes knowing the difference between what one has a right to do and what is right to do. Justify.

Topic: ethics – in private and public relationships;

7. For a civil servant when private and public relationships overlap, ethics becomes knowing the difference between what one has a right to do and what is right to do. Justify. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘abstract Thursdays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.

Key Demand of the question:

Directive:

Justify – When you are asked to justify, you must pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question using suitable case studies or/ and examples.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Write about how there is a conflict between private and public relationships during day to day administrative work.

Body:

From the perspective of an administrator further elaborate that having a right is not same as doing the right thing. Mention as to why it is imperative for the administrator to do the right thing. Use examples to substantiate your point.

Bring out the various facets of integrity, impartiality and nonpartisan ship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections that an administrator must consider before taking any actions in case of conflict.

Mention certain principles, theories and benchmarks one can take the right decision especially when faced with a conflict or dilemma.

Conclusion:

Complete by summarizing the need for doing the right thing especially for those who are in power.