Between law and conscience, the choice of a public servant is always difficult. Explain the dilemma arising out in such situation with appropriate example.
· What is ethical dilemma?
· Ethical dilemma between conscience and law-the crisis of consciousness
· Why such type of ethical dilemma arises ?
· Conclude with Consciousness and civil services rules
Ethical dilemma or moral dilemma is defined as a situation which is challenging and there are competing values., and A civil servant has to take decision which may result ininto compromise of some values and when he/she facesshe civil servant faces a dilemma of what to do. All dilemmas will not be considered ethical dilemmas. Only those dilemmas which result into compromise in values in taking in a very challenging situation can be considered as an ethical dilemma.
Ethical dilemmas arising out of such a situation is generally referred to as crisis on consciousness. Crisis of conscience is a situation in which it is very difficult to decide what is the right thing to do is! The term is also used when someone is worrying because they think that they have done something unfair or morally wrong. Not helping someone with a BPL card even when he is in the same economic condition, for a public servant ,manifests such condition.
Ethical dilemma arises between law and conscience because:
Outdated laws :
Complexity of law :
Weak Enforcement of Law :
Too many laws on one subject :
Under superior order :
Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 also suggests that whenever law is not clear, civil servants should apply their conscience to take best possible decision.