[Ethics] E3/P4: Case studies on Foundational values of Civil Services- objectivity, integrity, impartiality, neutrality, anonymity

E3P4 Case Study civil services neutrality

[Ethics] E3/P4: Case studies on Foundational values of Civil Services- objectivity, integrity, impartiality, neutrality, anonymity

  1. Case Study: Scheme change with Regime Change
  2. Case Study: “Manthan” for Dairy Cooperative
  3. Case Study: College conference
  4. Case Study: Liking FB posts of wife
  5. Case Study: Selfi with a star

So far we’ve learned the foundational values of civil services under E3 part 1 to 3. Now let’s examine a few case studies related to those values:

Case Study: Scheme change with Regime Change

As the secretary of urban development under the previous political regime, you were instrumental in the design and successful implementation of “Gulshan Grover Gatar saaf karo yojana”.  The salient features of the scheme were as following:

  1. Contractual staff was hired, with stringent provisions of punishment and reward to ensure their dedication to work.
  2. They were given sophisticated instruments designed Tata company for cleaning the sewages.
  3. Robust mechanism for inspection and automation designed by Info-lysis company.
  4. This scheme won many accolades international organizations.
  5. CAG found no errors-mischiefs in its five years of implementation.

E3P4 Case Study civil services neutrality

But, after elections, new political party comes in power. The newly appointed Minister for urban development orders you to divert majority of the staff and budget of that scheme and launch a new scheme named “Prakash Raj Paani Pilaao Yojana”, saying that “sewage cleaning is doing fine, but we now need to focus on drinking water.”

Given your vast experience as a senior IAS who has worked in so many departments, you anticipate/apprehend following motives of the new Minister:

  1. Due to lack of staff in Gulshan yojana, Sewage cleaning will suffer. Ultimately functions will be contracted out to a private agency owned by a businessman who had funded the election campaign of the new party.
  2. Since staff is gone, the Sophisticated Tata instruments will malfunction due to lack of proper up keeping and servicing. Then they’re to be sold to a private agency at throwaway prices and same private agency will then repair and sell them to another company/state at high prices.
  3. Since Gulshan is not ‘abolished’, the Info-lysis company will continue receive annual payments for server-rent and IT support, thereby leading to wastage of tax-payer money. You may try to terminate or reduce the contract with them but company may bribe the minister to ensure steady flow of money.

Answer following:

  1. What policy advice will you give to the new minister?
  2. Suppose he doesn’t agree. You further write to CM. CM calls both of you. You explain your ‘anticipations/apprehension’, while new Minister blames you for “mistaking his genuine interest for water priority as a corruption motive.” Ultimately, CM rules in favour of the minister. Will you seek transfer? Yes/No and Why?
  3. After above scene, suppose you continue to work under the same ministry and same department, what will you do to ensure sewage cleaning doesn’t suffer?
  4. Minister orders you to “design” water provision under Prakash Yojana in such manner that it can also win international accolades like Gulshan Gatar Yojana then how will you proceed?

Case Study: “Manthan” for Dairy Cooperative

Amrish Puri runs a private dairy and also lends money to the needy villagers to buy cattle and arrange social-events, but he exploits them by not giving proper remuneration for their milk and charging exorbitant cumulative interest rates on the loans.
You’re an officer sent by the state dairy development board to initiate dairy cooperative movement in this village, to free the villagers from his nuisance. You’re given three tasks:

  1. Stage-1: Establish a cooperative milk collection center and collect milk from the villagers and offer them remunerative prices.
  2. Stage-2: Generate public awareness about benefits of cooperative dairy operation
  3. Stage-3: Conduct a free and fair election and handover the control of this dairy cooperative to the villagers.

Ethics Case Study Manthan Dairy Cooperative

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