Identify five ethical traits on which one can plot the performance of a civil servant. Justify their inclusion in the matrix.

Sample Answer

A matrix of ethical traits can be helpful in performance evaluation of civil servants as discussed below:

Ethical traitJustification for inclusion
IntegrityIntegrity is the best defense against corruption. Erode Collector R. Ananda kumar admitted his daughter in the government school
Dedication & commitmentIt is essential for development administration, especially when there is a limitation of resources. Eg: E shreedharan; Sonam Wangchuk started operation New Hope – revolutionizing education in Ladakh.
InnovationTo solve new-emerging problems, especially in the diverse society and limitation of resources. It helps in resolving the conflict, ethical dilemma and crisis of conscience. Eg: People’s road of Armstrong Pame.Surender singh Solanki – PM’s award (Best innovation) – started a unique solar lamp project that turned women from most backward district to green entrepreneurs.
Enabling People’s participationTo enhance the credibility of the government,  increasing accountability in governance and fulfilling the social contract.Eg: Saurabh Kumar, Dantewada DM started ‘Lunch with Collector’ program to interact with tribal students.Prashant Nair is famously called ‘Collector bro’ to remove the psychological barrier to approach him.  Aruna Sundara Rajan – Headed Kudumbashree project
Adoption of transparencyTo ensure accountability and spirit of good governance.  

These traits help fulfil the social contract and promise of the constitution.

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