Q.2 What is the rationale behind having a mandatory ‘cooling-off’ period for retired civil servants? In light of numerous instances of violation of this provision, do you think there is a need to have a relook at Civil Services Conduct Rules? (10 Marks)

Mentor’s Comments-

  • In introduction, briefly explain the term ‘cooling-off’ period and the rules related to it.
  • Mention the rationale behind the mandatory cooling-off period for retired civil servants.
  • Giving examples of violations of this provision, highlight the lacunae in Civil Services Rules.
  • In conclusion, suggest reforms in line with the mentioned lacunae.
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