Topics for Today’s questions:
GS-1 Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India
GS-2 Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;
GS-3 Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources; Effects of liberalization on the economy.
GS-4 Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections
Q.1) “Both the developments during the colonial period and changes witnessed post independence has shaped the present form of caste as an institution in India”. Discuss. (10 marks)
Q.2) The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the many commonalities between all economically and occupationally vulnerable informal workers and seasonal/circular migrant workers and exposed the fault lines and gaps in the existing social protection system. In light of this, examine the shortcomings in the existing framework and suggest the measure to reduce their vulnerability. (10 Marks)
Q.3) Examine the implications of retrospective taxation adopted by India by amending Section 9(1)(i) of the Income Tax Act. What should be India’s course of action in the Cairn Energy dispute? (10 Marks)
Q.4) Value of compassion towards the weak extends the limits of operations of a public servant by introducing flexibility but dilutes the principle of objectivity. Discuss. If a conflict arises between the value of compassion and principle of objectivity, how will you deal with it as a public servant? (10 Marks)
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