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Ethics and Integrity – Insights Secure 2015 – January 14, 2015

TopicPublic/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration

10) As an IAS officer, you are posted as CEO of Zilla Panchayat. It’s just been two years since you completed your probationary period. As CEO you are in constant touch with senior bureaucrats in the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development department. The secretary of the department is known for his honesty and uprightness. However, the director of the department who is also a senior IAS officer is known for inefficiency and corruption. In one of your meetings with the director, he advises you to receive the bribe whenever it is offered to you. He tells you that saying no to bribe is akin to inviting trouble from some vested interests. He tries to convince you by saying that it is not morally wrong to receive when bribe is offered with good faith from ‘satisfied’ businessmen or a politician. However, in his opinion, it is morally wrong to demand bribe from someone whether rich or poor. He tells you that he and his wife, who is also an IAS officer have received so much in gifts and bribes that they and their grandchildren can lead a luxury life for generations. He says that they have never been caught by Lokayukta because they have never demanded bribe from anyone in their career, hence they have kept everyone happy.

Critically analyse ethicality of statements made by the director of your department and explain what advice you would have given to an young IAS officer if you were in the director’s position. (250 Words)

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