Meaning of concept of integrity of public servants needs amplification: Ansari

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Bhopal, Feb.11 (ANI): Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Thursday said that the meaning of the concept of integrity of public servants needs to be amplified.

He said while financial integrity is one element of it, functional integrity and a high-level of efficiency at work are equally important.

Delivering the "Noronha Memorial Lecture" on the theme "The Ethical Dimension and Framework of Governance" at the RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration and Management in Bhopal, the Vice President said: "The 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."

"Associations of IAS/IPS officers in some states have conducted peer reviews on the issue of corruption; this practice could be extended to cover other areas of work," he added.

Ansari also stressed on the need for District Magistrates and other public servants in the district to revert to the age old methods that facilitated interaction with common citizens and strengthened institutional memory.

He referred to mandatory tours and inspections undertaken by district officers which have resulted in invaluable District Gazetteers that highlighted all aspects of district dministration in British India. (ANI)

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