IASbaba’s TLP – 2020 Phase 1 : UPSC Mains General Studies Questions[18th Feb,2020] – Day 97
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1. You are heading a committee of experts from the fields of law and technology to come out with a detailed proposal to initiate a state level e-governance project. The committee has met multiple times to discuss and deliberate upon the issues in hand and finalise the proposal before the deadline ends. However, it appears that there are serious differences of opinion between the technology and the legal teams over a range of open issues. The technology experts provide solutions that are contested by the legal team over propriety and legal concerns. The demands of the legal experts are refuted by the technology team as being too ambitious and unviable.
You have a feeling that somehow the egos are clashing. No one is ready to accommodate the concerns raised by the others and create space for a middle path. Both the teams also seem to be suffering from a superiority complex. It appears that the proposal would not take the final shape if the ongoing stalemate is not sorted immediately.
Is there a way to address this stalemate? If yes, what are the alternatives available? Discuss.
2. Kanishk, an IAS officer, is posted as the SDM in a remote district of West Bengal. The district has a substantial minority population and has had a sensitive past marked with instances of communal discord and tensions. This year, there is another challenge that needs to be tackled by Kanishk. A prominent festival of the majority community is clashing with the annual religious rally of the minorities. The majority community wants the district administration to cancel or postpone the rally of the minorities. The minority community, on the other hand, is not ready to cancel or postpone their event. Keeping in mind the history of his district, Kanishk is fearful of the consequences that might occur in the event of a clash between the two communities. Meanwhile, the issue has gained political colour also. The local MP who belongs to the minority community is pressurising you to make special arrangements for the rally. On the other hand, the state leadership is asking you to make sure that the majority community is able to celebrate their festival without any disturbance.
The situation is aggravated by the fact that the streets in the city aren’t large enough to accommodate large crowds. Moreover, there are many miscreants who are notorious for taking advantage of the tensions and might flare up the communal discord.
How can Kanishk deal with this problem?What are the alternatives available to him? Which one should he choose and why? Examine.
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