Model Question and Answers for APSC | Discuss the origin of conduct rules for civil services. Enumerate key civil services values given in the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968. Elaborate on one of them in detail.
Discuss the origin of conduct rules for civil services. Enumerate key civil services values given in the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968. Elaborate on one of them in detail.
Ans: In the 1930s, a collection of instructions containing “do’s and don’ts” was published under the title “Conduct Rules.” The All India Services Rules, 1955, separated the compendium into separate rules. The Santhanam Committee (1964) recommended significantly broadening such rules, which resulted in the 1964 version. These rules were later revised to incorporate additional behavioural norms.
According to the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968, every member of the service shall maintain
- Integrity and honesty;
- Political neutrality;
- Promoting of the principles of merit, fairness and impartiality in the discharge of duties;
- Accountability and transparency;
- Responsiveness to the public, particularly to the weaker section;
- Courtesy and good behaviour with the public.
A person can be said to have integrity when they have strong ethical and moral principles and adhere to these even when they are not under public scrutiny. A person with integrity tends to behave honourably in all the different life situations they find themselves in.
Integrity in public service refers to the consistent alignment of, and adherence to shared ethical values, principles and norms for upholding and prioritising the public interest over private interests in the public sector.
The integrity of the public sector - or public integrity - refers to the use of powers and resources entrusted to the public sector effectively, honestly and for public purposes. Additional related ethical standards that the public sector is expected to uphold include transparency, accountability, efficiency and competence.
Eg: A civil servant deciding the route on a new proposed highway based on public interest not where his own property lies for real estate benefits.