Question: “Non-performance of duty by a public servant is a form of corruption”. Do you agree with this view? Justify your answer.
Answer: Dedication towards the job is one of the core expectations from a public servant and not performing that act is considered to be next to corruption. But the reasons leading to not performing the duty has to be taken into account before conclusion.
Non-performing duty- Act of corruption
- Misleading public
Not doing duty is like hiding something from public domain. By non performance one is creating a sense of misleading acts that is equal to corruption.
Ex: A public official fails to clear pension of a citizen leading to failure to perform his duty.
- Going against the order
A public official is expected to follow the rules and regulations according to the government. It is necessary to do as instructed in order to keep the sanctity of the institution intact. Failure to follow instructions can be compared to corrupt practice.
Ex: A public official is ordered to evict illegal construction and failure to do so will create a perception that the official has taken bribe to avoid eviction.
Professionalism is one of the major feature of a public official and he/she needs to maintain it at all levels. Not keeping up with work expectations can be considered to be corrupt.
Ex: A police official fails to reach the site of the crime deliberately.
Reasons for not performing duty
- Inner consciousness
Sometimes the duty a public official is expected to perform may not be ethically right. In such case the official may decide against doing his duty.
- Technical problems
Unintentional situations may arise that may prevent official from performing his duty. This does not mean that he/she is practicing corruption.
Ex: Weather conditions may prevent official from doing his/her duty.
Thus, we can conclude that in all cases not performing duty doesn’t translate to corruption. But not performing them deliberately without a valid reason can be considered a grave offence.