26th September, 2016 (MAINS)


Q1. “The corrupt have many masters. The honest serve none”. In the light of this statement, discuss the reasons for decrement of ethics in the public service. [10marks] 150 words.

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  • Kamlesh Twari

    1. The traditional cultural and spiritual values, which have been the mainstay of our civilization, seem to be losing their grip over society and politics due to Corruption. The corruption is prevalent in all the field of governance whether executive, legislature, judiciary, civil society, etc. each is supporting other to compromise national interest by providing service to powerful bribe-givers while paying lip service to the country’s good.
    2. There are certain departments and posts, which offer ample opportunities for graft. For instance, at the state level departments of public works forests, excise, sales tax, revenue, police, food and civil supplies, road transport and health are favourite pasture of the corrupt. Earlier the politicians used to occasionally help a corrupt official in difficulty and get their reward. Now in all these departments, lucrative assignments have been clearly earmarked, and only those officials are given these posts with whom the politicians have reached a clear understanding on sharing the spoils. In the states appointments even to the Public Service Commissions are mostly done on a quid pro quo basis, and the candidates they select are those whom the ministers have recommended.
    3. Thus the corrupt has many masters whereas honest serves the none.
    4. The reasons for erosion of values and increment of corruption are: Most of the employees in government sector are paid low wages and salaries. Hence some employees revert to corruption for more financial benefits; Due to lack of job opportunities at will, there are many people who like to go for corruption mode to get the job offer; Even if someone is found guilty or even caught red-handed by the anti-corruption officials or media, the convicts get less punishment.

  • Mrinal Malakar

    Honesty is not to be shown but to be worn. honest people do not need to please anyone for any kind of favour. In todays Indian context the civil services provide ample opportunities for satisfaction of ones greeds.