Q2(a). What do you understand by the following terms in the context of public service? (250 words; 3x5=15 marks)
(iii) Spirit of service
(v) Courage of conviction
(i) Integrity: Integrity means the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. It also implies the state of being whole and undivided. A public servant must be honest intellectually and financially. He must do what is legally correct without any fear or temptation.
(ii) Perseverance: Public servants must be persistent in rendering their duties despite facing difficulty or delay in achieving success. It takes a long time for an action to bear fruits and the public servants must consistently pursue their tasks to bring them to a logical conclusion.
(iii) Spirit of service: A public servant should not consider himself as the administrator of the people. He must use his powers and authority to serve the people rather than to satisfy his ego or for providing illicit benefit to the self or others. If public servants have the spirit to serve, they shall enjoy their work and also make the citizens happy.
(iv) Commitment: Commitment is the willingness to give your time and energy to something that you believe in. It means a promise or firm decision to do something which is important. Public servants must not do their job in a routine manner but with commitment and passion, devoting their time and energy for the public cause.
(v) Courage of conviction: Public servants must have the courage to follow their conviction and must do what they believe is right despite the challenges and risks associated with the job. They must not be afraid of taking difficult decisions. They must convert their ideas into reality facing all challenges. (260 words)
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