There are times in our professional life when we come under temptation and coercion, which might risk us to compromise our ethical commitments.(a)The public servants are vulnerable to what kind of temptations and coercion? (b)As a future civil servant, how do you prepare yourself against such temptation and coercion?
Public servants enjoy immense powers and responsibility. Right from lower levels to higher level each individual has some discretionary power. For instance a bank manager of government bank has powers to sanction loans, officers at district level have to implement policies and have funds at disposal for it.
Thus, beneficiaries may try to extract maximum benefits at the cost of others by offering bribes, hospitality and gifts. Public servants may also be tempted to create personal wealth using public money by manipulating the accounts. Apart from temptation there may be coercion for instance an honest police official may be politically pressurised to let go off a criminal who has political connections. A public servant who takes action against wrong doers may be threatened for his life or safety of his family.
The values required to resist these cannot be developed in a day but by strict adoption of them in all situation. It would not be easy considering the social inequalities, criminalisation of politics, erosion of ethics in society. Temptation and Coercion can be tackled only with dedication to public service and strict adherence to rules.
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