Foundational Values of Civil Services

Need of Foundational Values

  • Values are indicators of a particular type of aptitude the value of objectivity shows the aptitude of the rational decision-maker. And civil services require a particular type of aptitude which can be tested through some values.
  • A bureaucrat has become directly accountable to citizen-customer. He has to respond to the moral universe of the citizens. Thus, foundational values work as a guiding light.
  • He has discretionary powers; therefore, he must be provided with guiding principles to prevent abuse of power.
  • Nolan committee (United Kingdom-1996) listed seven foundational values: LOHASI Objectivity
    • Leadership
    • Openness 
    • Honesty
    • Accountability
    • Selflessness
    • Integrity
    • Objectivity

Additional Values for Civil Servants include

  • Commitment to principles enshrined in Constitution
  • Empathy and compassion for the vulnerable section of society
  • Adherence to the highest standards of probity, integrity and conduct
  • Commitment to citizens concerned and the public good.
  • Impartiality and non-partisanship.
  • Dedication to duty
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