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A free and independent media that can investigate and report on government activities, exposing wrongdoing is an effective way to ensure transparency and accountability in government organisations. Examine.

Topic: accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance;

6. A free and independent media that can investigate and report on government activities, exposing wrongdoing is an effective way to ensure transparency and accountability in government organisations. Examine. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about ways to build and maintain a culture of accountability in government organisations.

Directive Word:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by defining transparency and accountability.

Body:

First. Write about how transparency and accountability are not prioritised in government offices.

Next, write about the role of free media in ensuring accountability of the government.

Next, with relevant examples elaborate on how a culture of accountability can be instilled – citizen charters, RTI, Reward & Recognition, Autonomy & Trust, Feedback & Coaching, communication etc.

Conclusion:

Complete the answer writing about the link between accountability and efficiency.