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12 MAY, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-IV

 

Q1. Should impartiality and non-partisanship be taken into consideration as foundation values in public services, especially in the present day socio-political context? Discuss with examples. (200words)

 

Please write the answer in comments section

  • Osho Korde

    • The civil servants often are seen conflicting with the principles of impartiality and loyalty.
    • Impartiality ensures equality without any bias and prejudices in the general
    • Non-partisanship ensures a neutral approach in politics and a solid commitment to the government.

    REMEDIES to Non-partisanship in public administration:

    • Non-partisanship in public administration means not to side with any group or party.
    • For a public servant, rule of law should guide his conduct irrespective of his personal preferences.
    • Use of discretionary powers should be guided by ethical guidelines implicit in the constitution like fundamental duty and directive principles of state policy.
    • In a diverse country like India, being non-partisan for an administrator assumes greater significance.

    For example:
    • In Andhra Pradesh, it is learnt that senior IAS officers have divided into north and south groups and exerting pressure on the Chief Minister through various sources for getting plum posts.
    • Cronyism and nepotism in administration is also intolerable.
    • A civil servant need not to be neutral always. In helping weaker section of society, he has to take side of weak and vulnerable and help them.

    Therefore, impartiality and non-partisanship should be the base of the public services, especially in treating equals equally and unequal’s unequally.

  • Ashish

    IMPARTIALITY is the principal of justice holding that decision should be based on objective criteria rather than on the basis of bias, prejudice or preferring one over another for improper reasons.

    NON-PARTISAN is not being specifically affiliated to any group, party or cause. Non-partisanship can be called political neutrality.

    It also implies that the administrator should perform his duty without fear of, or favour to any political party or group.
    Civil servants have increasingly come to be associated with one party or another. One’s association with the party in power may help a civil servant personally, but it leads to personal aggrandizement at the cost of public welfare.
    Impartiality & non-partisanship should be made foundational values as they:
    • Fill the trust deficit b/w citizen & government
    • Provides legitimacy
    • All citizens benefitted from government schemes, including those who voted against ruling party. For instance Many tribals in Mizoram could not take advantage of the Land Use policy of Mizo govt due to the aligning of civil servants with ideology of a particular party
    • Strengthen democratic procedures and institutions due to non-partisanship
    Non-partisanship shall ensure that the values of the administrator would flow from the constitution and not from the ideology of any political party.