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Q13. The Challenge of A Civil Servant

Q13. Rameshwar successfully cleared the prestigious civil services examination and was excited about the opportunity that he would get through and serve the country. However, soon after joining the services, he realised that things are not as rosy as he had imagined.
He found a number of malpractices prevailing in the department assigned to him. For example, funds under various schemes and grants were being misappropriated. The official facilities were frequently being used for personal needs by the officers and staff. After some time, he noticed that the process of recruiting the staff was also not up to the mark. Prospective candidates were required to write an examination in which a lot of cheating was going on. Some candidates were provided external help in the examination. Rameshwar brought these incidents to the notice of his seniors. However, he was advised to keep his eyes, ears and mouth shut and ignore all these malpractices which were taking place with the connivance of the higher-ups. Rameshwar felt highly disillusioned and uncomfortable. He comes to you, seeking your advice.
Indicate various options that you think are available in this situation. How would you help him to evaluate these options and choose the most appropriate path to be adopted? (250 words)
 
Answer
It is not easy to perform your duties honestly when the top-level civil servants and ministers are involved in the malpractices. Taking legal action in such situation may annoy the superiors, but not taking action may pinch our conscience and also make us a party to the crime. A civil servant must listen to the voice of his conscience and perform his duties in a legal and proper way. In the present situation, the following options are available to Rameshwar:
Option 1: He may close his eyes and allow the malpractices to continue. However, he becomes party to the crime and loses his self-respect and conscience soon. He may also face action, if the malpractice is detected.
Option 2: He may try to convince the superiors to stop the malpractices. If the seniors agrees, he may work jointly with him to remove the malpractice. However, if they disagree, Rameshwar must refuse to be party to the malpractice and follow the law in letter and spirit.
Option 3: Rameshwar must enforce the law and ensure that funds under various schemes and grants are being used properly. He must take actions so that official facilities are used for official purposes only, and ensure that there is no cheating in the recruitment of the staff. He may install CCTV in the examination hall or record the cheating incidents on his mobile camera. Evidence must be collected and a written complaint must be launched against the candidates and the officials who are engaged in such nefarious activities. This would immediately stop cheating and ensure free and fair selection of candidates for the job. (269 words)

 

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