2007
04.11

India 17 – bureau-smacked

I know, I know. I am suppose to write about south Korea, where I am and not about India, but SK is boring – except for a strange alphabet and language the place is western. Food is good, plumbing is good, etc.

Anyway, if you join IIT Delhi (or any other government job I think), you are supposed to declare everything you own that is above a certain value. Like if you have an IPod, a computer, a laptop, a TV, etc. Most people just “forget” to fill this form and there is no problem, but still it is amazing that the government requires you to fill such a form.

But this is nothing (nothing I tell you!) compared to the latest declaration required by the government of India. Women civil servants have to provide (on page 58 of) the new (yearly?) appraisal form the following information: _detailed menstrual history and history of LMP [last menstrual period] including date of last confinement [maternity leave]_”. No. Really.

One of the female employees claimed that she was gobsmacked by this requirement. She would be happy to know that on page 97 of the form the employee has to state when was the last time they were gobsmacked.

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