Civic Sense, duties and responsibilities of people

Civic Sense, duties and responsibilities of people

Civic Sense

The term civic sense is composed of two words “Civic” and “Sense”. Civic means city or town, and the word sense means awareness about something. Civic sense is a consideration for the norms of society. It includes respect for the law and for the ease and feelings of others and maintaining etiquettes while dealing and interacting with others.

Civic Sense is the sum total of knowledge, awareness and virtues required in citizens to promote and contribute to societal and overall national interest. Citizens must be aware and conscious about political, economic, social and administrative system including the areas of public concern to end all sorts of evils, misconduct and malpractices, and promote collective effort in pursuit of national development.

Civic Sense

Civic sense makes the citizens aware about their right and duties as well. It eventually contributes to overall development of society and nation at large.

Why Civic Sense?

  1. Develop civic virtue (morally good behaviour).
  2. Establish democratic society embracing democratic norms and values.
  3. Creating environment for peace and development.
  4. Enhancing public participation in governance system.
  5. Promoting social harmony and coordination, embracing diversity.
  6. Promoting social entrepreneurship and social mobilization.
  7. Promoting cooperation, participation and ownership in development works.
  8. Increasing awareness about the rights and duties of citizens.
  9. Promoting social justice, social security and protection to the needy.
  10. Promoting inclusive and sustainable development.
  11. Preserving and promoting natural and cultural heritages.

Duties of Citizens

Citizens’ duties are the obligation toward self, community, Society and the nation at large. While citizens are endowed with fundamental and legal rights, they are also obliged to fulfil their certain legal and moral duties towards the society and nation.

In the Constitution of Nepal, along with provisions for fundamental rights, certain duties of citizens are provisioned in Article 48. The duties of citizens outlined in the constitution are:-

  • To safeguard the nationality, sovereignty and integrity of Nepal, while being loyal to the nation.
  • To abide by the Constitution and law.
  • To render compulsory service as and when the state so requires.
  • To protect and preserve public property.

Besides the above duties, there are other legal and moral duties of citizens which should be embraced as life system though they may not be outlined in constitution and law. Some of them are:-

  • Assisting to maintain peace and order, and control crime, as people are civil police of the nation.
  • Contributing to enhance national dignity, unity and national interest.
  • Respecting national flag, national emblem, national anthem and martyrs.
  • Respecting national identity and citizenship, and preventing abuse of it.
  • Contributing to promote religious and cultural tolerance, social cohesion and solidarity and embracing socio-cultural diversity.
  • Contributing to public purse paying taxes to the country.
  • Participating, cooperating and coordinating in development works.
  • Choosing right representatives with active participation in voting.
  • contributing to social justice, social security, and maintenance of social ethics.
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