Topic: Case study
7 . You are working as an Execution officer (EO) in a Zilla. You have been given Responsibility to measure MGNREGA works undertaken by 3 Gram Panchayats. You have authority to give administrative sanctions to all MGNREGA works. In one of these Panchayats you notice that your predecessor had wrongly measured many works, and in many cases he had approved works that never existed. One day few elected members of that Panchayat with bundle of job cards come to you to seek ‘sanction’ for the works done by them. When enquired, they reveal that they were contractors who had completed works under MGNREGA. When you reject their demand, they threaten you and tell you that the previous EO was made to quit his job because he didn’t listen to them. This is your first job and is very important to sustain your family. There have been precedents in the past that some officials were beaten to death in some parts of the Zilla. What will you do in this situation? Explain in detail citing rules from MGNREGA Act. (250 words)
Why this question:
The question is based on a case study from the perspective of ethical dimensions involved in it.
Key demand of the question:
A student must discuss/deliberate the nuances in the case and suggest actions that a morally and ethically right person would do suiting the situation and citing the rules in the ambit of MGNREGA.
Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly state the facts of the case.
To start with, explain the provision of social audit for MGNREGA. Discuss the possible events of actions you would take as an EO;First warn the contractors of their ill-doings and that they will be caught in future soon. Report such incidence to your higher authorities and seek police protection in case your life is at risk. Throw light on the virtues of courage and uprightness and need for showing these virtues.
Conclude with suitable solution to address the issue at hand.