Topic: Accountability and ethical governance, strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance;
8) Please read carefully the following case and answer the question asked at the end of the case within the word limit specified.
Ashok on completing his management degree from India’s most prestigious college decided to enter civil services to serve the nation. He gave up all the lucrative placement offers and started preparing for the civil service examination. He got selected into IAS in his third attempt after four years of intense hard work.
He was posted as Additional collector in a backward district in Karnataka and his excitement knew no bounds. However, his excitement soon started withering away. He began to notice that funds from grants were being mismanaged and misallocated. The recruitments, tenders and official statistics were all a big sham.His repeated attempts to address and bring the issue to the notice of higher authorities fell on to deaf ears. In fact, they started convincing him saying, “Things were always the same. They will remain the same. Do your best with the available framework”.
Ashok soon started becoming disillusioned as he would never opt for unethical path. His conscience is telling him to quit the job and get into private sector where he will be paid far better salary.
Should Ashok quit his job? What are the other options before him? Substantiate your stance with logical arguments. (200 Words)