Ansari stresses need of ethics consolidation in admin
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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.


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

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