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Ethical Concerns & Dilemmas in Government & Private institutions incl. issue of "Conflict of Interest"

Ethics ( Mains GS 4 )

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Conflict of interest in the public sector arises when a. Official duties, b. Public Interest, and c. Personal interest are taking priority one above the other. How can this conflict in administration be resolved? Describe with an example. (Q. No. 1, CSE 2017, 150 words, 10 Marks)


Without commonly shared and widely entrenched moral values and obligations, neither the law, nor democratic government, nor even the market economy will function properly.What do you understand by this statement? Explain with illustration in the contemporary times. (Q. No. 8B, CSE 2017, 150 words, 10 Marks)


"A mere compliance with law is not enough, the public servant also have to have a well developed sensibility to ethical issues for effective discharge of duties" Do you agree? Explain with the help of two examples where (i) an act is ethically right, but not legally and (ii) an act is legally right, but not ethically. (Q. No. 3A, CSE 2015, 150 words, 10 Marks)


Public servants are likely to confront with the issues of "Conflict of Interest". What do you understand by the term "Conflict of Interest" and how does it manifest in the decision making by public servants? If faced with the conflict of interest situation how would you resolve it? Explain with the help of examples. (Q. No. 8, CSE 2015, 150 words, 10 Marks)

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