ESSENTIALS TO ENSURE THE PRACTICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ETHICS
- Faith, determination towards pursuit of excellence of service in their professional activities: An attitude of dedication to the set goals of an organizations should be an indispensable trait of the top leaders. This is their primary source of self-confidence to operate and function effectively and efficiently and in turn transfer the same to the public. It is not just performing development-linked administrative duties; it is taking action and encouraging people to take action required to bring about structural changes and growth in the economy. This needs to be supplemented by their belief in the organizational goals.
- Infusion of Ethics into Politics: so that the political elite can demonstrate integrity and in still faith among subordinates about their fairness and impartiality: The political elite must demonstrate integrity and instill faith among their subordinates about their fairness and impartiality. Faith is a contagious disease and once it is developed, it would bend the various levels of the administration into a cohesive structure.
- Relations between Citizens and Personnel to Create Favourable Opinion towards Public Services: To improve understanding between the citizens and the personnel, public relations need to be developed in an effective manner to create favourable community opinion towards public services. This would create confidence in the minds of the people towards the competence, fairness, honesty, impartiality and sincerity of the public services.
- Need for Character Building: People’s character is the ultimate source which can supply kinetic energy for modernization and development. There is a great need to infuse civic consciousness, patriotism and discipline among the citizens through education, adult education and functional literacy. The members of all the Communities would then cooperate with the personnel in the public services. And the personnel in the public services would work hard to bring about all round development of the people
- Impartiality: The foremost characteristics required among the civil servants are impartiality and consistency in the transaction of public business. Civil servants are required to be completely impartial to avoid corruption and favoritism; civil Servants must maintain the dignity and authority of the public office. They must meticulously implement ‘the policies and programmes as laid down in laws, regulations and rules.
- Political Neutrality: P.C. Sethi in his article, “New Challenges in Administration” in theIndian Journal of Public Administration (April-June, 1975) has rightly said that theconcept of neutrality should be emphasized to generate
- public confidence in the administrators against political influences;
- trust among the ministers that their orders would be faithfully carried out irrespective of their ideology; and
- Keeping of an atmosphere of appraisals and promotions in the civil service which would be free from political influence.
To maintain the discipline, integrity and political neutrality of the services, the Civil Services Conduct Rules framed by the Government of India lay down the code of conduct to be observed by the government servants.