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You are a young civil servant who has been posted as District Commissioner (DC) for the last 2 years. You have worked hard for the development and upliftment of the poor in rural areas. One day, as you are reading the local newspaper you find a mention of the possible corruption in the legal process to convert agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes. The column mentions the local political leaders who may have colluded to convert prime agricultural lands without the necessary approval.

Topic: Case Study

7. You are a young civil servant who has been posted as District Commissioner (DC) for the last 2 years. You have worked hard for the development and upliftment of the poor in rural areas. One day, as you are reading the local newspaper you find a mention of the possible corruption in the legal process to convert agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes. The column mentions the local political leaders who may have colluded to convert prime agricultural lands without the necessary approval. It’s an article published in the “citizens voice section” which is mostly citizens presenting their opinions and apprehensions. Many such article columns are published every week without necessary proof or evidence. The newspaper usually resorts to such tactics to publish unverified claims. You neglect the issue, but it keeps intriguing you as such a conversion wouldn’t be possible without the approval of the district commissioner. As an honest and upright officer, you don’t recognize any such misdoings. You start an inquiry of your own on the matter and you have found out that your sign has been forged for a document and the conversion is made. The people responsible for the scam have taken a high-definition JPEG image of your signature and have used it on a morphed document. Surprisingly, this document has found its way to the land records of the district, which had granted legitimacy to such documents. You suspect that this is an insider’s job. Further, you have found that the person mainly responsible for this is your own brother. Last year he colluded with local politicians and has done the illegal conversion of a small parcel of land. Your brother has recently lost his wife to covid and the atmosphere at your home is dull and depressing. Despite this, you confront your brother about the issue; he deeply regrets his actions and asks you not to proceed with any official or legal action which shall be punished with imprisonment of jail term which may extend to two years or with the penalty, or with both. You realize that he has done it due to the negative influence of the local politicians who have now offered to proceed with the conversion legally. As the case is for a small parcel of land, you can easily use your position of power to forgive the offenders and settle the issue without anyone knowing about issue. There is a possibility of more such corruption done by the politicians. At the same time, settling this issue peacefully is important for your family’s mental well-being as your parents would be devastated if their younger son is arrested.

      1. What are the options available to you in this situation? Discuss their merits and demerits.
      2. If you choose to lodge an official complaint, detail the steps you would adopt as a son and as an elder brother in bringing tranquility to your home.
      3. Highlight the ethical issues involved with personal interest and the role of human emotions in decision making. Would your course of action change if you are a neutral observer in this scenario?

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by giving the context. Bring out the key stakeholders in the above case study.

Body:

In the body, Write about the various options available to you and their pros and cons.

Next, write about the measures that you can take to ensure cordial atmosphere at home

Next, write about your suggestions as an neutral observe in the above case.

Conclusion:

Conclude by stressing on the importance of kindness and compassion in such cases.