A senior district administrator in India at the beginning of their term of office is informed that his predecessor, agreed to acquire a plot of land for a local prison. When he learns that the landowner is the wife of a powerful local politician, he becomes suspicious and decides to inspect the property themselves. Located in the middle of a forest, completely inaccessible to transport, and far from police headquarters, it is clear that the acquisition of land rich in dist designed only to someone … Read more »

A senior district administrator in India at the beginning of their term of office is informed that his predecessor, agreed to acquire a plot of land for a local prison. When he learns that the landowner is the wife of a powerful local politician, he becomes suspicious and decides to inspect the property themselves. Located in the middle of a forest, completely inaccessible to transport, and far from police headquarters, it is clear that the acquisition of land designed only to someone high in the district effort. Meanwhile, the real needs of the district are to clean drinking water to prevent malaria, improve literacy, investing in local youth employment programs and wean away from secessionist militancy are maltreated. The administrator decides to acquire stable, even while realizing that the effort can put his career and his programs to help the county at risk. The case tells his escalating tactics of bureaucratic tricks on deliberate deception and destruction of a government document. It provides a vehicle for discussing the ethical obligations of officials confronted with systemic corruption and possible strategies for dealing with it. HKS case number 1,888.0
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Kenneth Winston
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Release Date: 14 December 2007. Prod #: HKS211-PDF-ENG
The Good Commissioner (A) HBR case solution