Ansari stresses need of ethics consolidation in admin

Last Updated: Friday, February 12, 2010 - 00:29

Bhopal: Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Thursday
stressed the need for "consolidation of ethics in
administration" to inspire people`s confidence in governance.

"I stressed the need for consolidation of ethics in
administration to check disenchantment of public in
governance," Ansari said delivering `RCVP Noronha Memorial
Lecture` in the Academy of Administration organised by the
Noronha Foundation.

Noronha was the first Chief Secretary of Madhya
Pradesh.

"An ethical framework for governance must begin with
consolidating ethical values in politics. Our political
parties and the legislative and the executive wings constitute
the polity whose standards have a fundamental impact on other
spheres of governance," Ansari said.

However, he said, "there are many elements which the
civil service can implement to bring about a more humane and
ethical governance structure."

"The ultimate object of good governance and public
service is people`s welfare. The public servants cannot do
justice to their job and the provisions of constitution
without assimilating this spirit," Ansari said.

"Any failure and insufficient delivery in this regard
could propel public anger, whose manifestations could be
predictable," he said while giving five important tips for
good governance and efficient administration.

The Vice-President said, "meaning of the concept of
integrity of public servants needs to be amplified. While
financial integrity is one element of it, functional integrity
and a high level of efficiency in work are equally important."

"Public servants have an obligation to protect and
promote our constitutional ideals enshrined in the preamble,
to uphold the rule of law, dispense administrative justice and
ensure administrative facilitation," he said.

Ansari highlighted on the occasion that association of
IAS/IPS officers in some states have conducted peer reviews on
the issue of corruption and this practice could be extended to
cover other areas of work also.

Referring to district collectors, he said, "District
Magistrates remain to this day the fulcrum of administration
in the country. They have become agents of social and economic
change and can lead by example in the society."

Recalling Noronha, he said, "his commitment to uplift
tribals and public welfare is an example for all the public
servants to emulate."

The function was also addressed by Madhya Pradesh
Governor Rameshwar Thakur and the State Chief Minister Shivraj
Singh Chouhan.

Earlier in the day, the Vice-President also inspected
construction of ponds under Water Shed Mission at Bagroda
village and Semri Khurd and insisted on providing more water
resources for agriculture.

PTI



First Published: Friday, February 12, 2010 - 00:29

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