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.