Q: You are the Deputy Collector. You had lunch today in a restaurant. You saw there some small children cleaning the table and washing the dishes. What are your ethical responsibilities as an officer in view of this scenario?
Often the officers ignore this type of situation and argue that this place is out of their scope, but in reality, the basic question is of insensitivity and lack of moral responsibility. In such a situation, the officer should give a written complaint to the office of that jurisdiction. This is a serious problem. This problem is linked to both child labor and child abuse.
The officer should not consider the end of his duty just by registering the complaint, but first of all, he should be completely freed from there. Provisions should be made for the punishment of restaurant owners, as well as efforts should be made to rehabilitate the children. If an officer lacks sufficient time for all these tasks, then he should also take the help of any NGO. There are many NGOs working on this subject in India and the officer should inform the government in writing about the difficulties faced in this regard.
There is a complete lack of sensitivity and ethical accountability in the Indian administration. Some officers should take initiative in this regard by taking positive steps and setting an example for this. In fact, the solution to social problems is possible only through administrative intervention. Administrative officers should understand this and accept their moral responsibility.Thank You