Topic:Ethics in human actions; Ethics in public administration
7) You are working as District Collector (DC). In a recent meeting chaired by cabinet minister in your office, all elected representatives of local governments were invited. You had invited your subordinates as well. During the meeting, you, minister and other VIPs were served tea and snacks in clean porcelain cups and plates, whereas your subordinates and panchayat members were served in plastic cups. One gram panchayat member objected to this practice and shouted slogans against you and the minister. Some other members supported him. The minister pacified him telling that hierarchy was necessary to keep subordinates in their place and this practice helped in keeping a distance between ordinary people and powerful public servants to function smoothly.
Is this practice discriminatory and unethical? Is minister right in his arguments? When you become DC, will you stop such practices? Justify. (200 Words)