Answer Writing Practice for UPSC IAS Mains Exam: Paper - V (General Studies – IV) - 02 November 2018


Answer Writing Practice for UPSC IAS Mains Exam


UPSC Syllabus:

  • Paper-V: General Studies -IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

Q. Rakesh is a responsible district level officer, who enjoys the trust of his higher officials, Knowing his honesty, the government entrusted him with the responsibility of identifying the beneficiaries under a healthcare scheme meant for senior citizens.

The criteria to be a beneficiary are the following:

(a) 60 years of age or above.
(b) Belonging to a reserved community.
(c) Family income of less than `1 lakh per annum.
(d) Post-treatment prognosis is likely to be high to make a positive difference to the quality of life of the beneficiary.

One day, an old couple visited Rakesh’s office with their application. They have been the residents of a village in his district since their birth. The old man is diagnosed with a rare condition that causes obstruction in the large intestine. As a consequence, he has severe abdominal pain frequently that prevents him from doing any physical labour. The couple have no children to support them. The expert surgeon whom they contacted is willing to do the surgery without charging any fee. However, the couple will have to bear the cost of incidental charges, such as medicines, hospitalization, etc., to the tune of `1 lakh. The couple fulfills all the criteria except criterion ‘b’. However, any financial aid.

How should Rakesh respond to the situation? (250 words)

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