One of the foundational value of public service is ‘Selfless Service’. But life is not so black and white. There are grey areas that pushes to compromise with situation to survive. In this context critically analyze and illustrate whether a civil servant can serve ‘selflessly’.(250 words)

Answer:

“Selflessness” is characterized by low levels of self-centeredness and a low degree of importance given to the self. Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their families or their friends.

Selfish motivation often discourages public servants from taking initiative and helping others unless these activities are directly rewarded, which can be detrimental to their long-term performance, reputations and careers.

But many a times a civil servants wants to perform his duty selflessly but fails to do so due to external obstacles. The external obstacles can be political interference, non-cooperation from the seniors and colleagues, rigid institutional structure, etc.

People do not have much control over their external factors but he can maintain integrity and probity at the individual level and can take steps for betterment of the organisation rather than surrendering to the situation and working against one’s conscience.

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sourav singh
1 year ago
sourav singh
1 year ago
Reply to  sourav singh

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Mohsin Khursheed
1 year ago

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Parth Verma
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1 year ago

Very good example in the answer.
The answer is quite detailed.
You have covered all the necessary elements of the issue.
Good last part.
Exhaustive attempt.

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avani k
1 year ago

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Parth Verma
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1 year ago
Reply to  avani k

Good discussion Avani.
All the major facets of the question are well covered and discussed.
Good examples as well as you linked the way forward to them, which is quite unique and praise worthy.
Good attempt

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mud borne
1 year ago

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Parth Verma
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1 year ago
Reply to  mud borne

While you tried well to use the diagram, but it fails to serve its purpose because of lack of details in it; as in what is it trying to convey.
Points regarding DBT are not needed in the answer. The question is about individual morality and external actors like conflict of interest, pressure from seniors or political leadership etc.
So answer in that angle.
For right approach, read the model answer.

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Bandari Sravya
1 year ago

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