06th September, 2016 (MAINS)


Q1. Shrewdness and cleverness are considered as hallmark of an efficient administrator, but probity is put above this. A philosopher has said in this regard, “Take from a man his reputation for probity, and the more shrewd and clever he is, the more hated and mistrusted he becomes.” Examine. [10marks] 150 words.

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  • Deepak Tomar

    1. The administrators are involved with the coordination and implementation of different programmes and policies and oversee and supervise the team work.
    2. They require shrewdness and cleverness for:
    (a) Seeing things clearly; seeing things as they are
    (b) Acting in prudent and effective ways
    (c) Acting with the well-being of the whole in mind
    (d) Knowing when to act and when not to act
    (e) Being able to handle whatever arises with peace of mind and an effective, compassionate, holistic response
    (f) Being able to anticipate potential problems and avoid them
    3. But most important aspect is that these have to accompany with probity to prove its right intention and authenticity.
    4. Probity means integrity, trustworthiness, openness and honesty, and is expected in all areas of governance, not solely in connection with financial dealings.Probity maintains strict adherence to a code of ethics based on undeviating honesty, especially in commercial (monetary) matters and beyond legal requirements.
    5. Without probity the characteristics as shrewdness and cleverness depicts a negative connotation.
    6. Hence, administrator needs to be conscious at all times to uphold the highest standards of conduct in their dealings on the government’s behalf, which includes acting with integrity and avoiding conflicts of interest.