Today, as officers lack a formal forum to raise ethical and moral issues faced in discharging duties, it is difficult for an officer to challenge his senior Officer’s decision taken against public interest. Thus the moral support given by ones family members becomes very important.
Until suitable laws (like Public Services Act) are made to protect honest officers, it becomes the responsibility of the family members to take up the issue before the public for support. I for one feel that if the Head of the Bureaucracy had supported honest officers by creating an environment wherein their honest views would not result in harassment (as has happened in my husband’s case), then there was no need for his family members to step in to support him.
As giving moral support to fight corruption is not a priority for professional associations, various non-governmental agencies working in fighting corrupt practices do provide moral support and there is a need for proactively assisting persons fighting corrupt practices.
Under such circumstances, I feel highly motivated by the speeches of Sri T.N.Chaturvedi, Governor of Karnataka made in September 2006 and again on 26/1/07 in his Republic Day Speech. His repeated condemnation of the havoc played by the corrupt and the need for encouraging honest persons who are fighting corruption are indeed highly appreciable.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for a few good men to do nothing