In­dia's work-shy bu­reau­crats face at­ten­dance track­ing

The Financial Daily - - INTERNATIONAL -

NEW DELHI: In­dia's new govern­ment is try­ing to tackle the cul­ture of ab­sen­teeism among the coun­try's no­to­ri­ously work-shy bu­reau­crats by track­ing their at­ten­dance in the of­fice on­line, a re­port said Fri­day.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi's new ad­min­is­tra­tion is de­vel­op­ing a spe­cial com­puter sys­tem which will en­able min­is­ters to mon­i­tor whether their staff are ac­tu­ally at their com­put­ers, ac­cord­ing to The In­dian Ex­press news­pa­per, call­ing it a "rev­o­lu­tion­ary step".

In­dia's civil ser­vants have long been no­to­ri­ous for ar­riv­ing late, tak­ing long lunches or spend­ing parts of their day on the golf course. A re­cent sur­vey by the Hong Kong­based Po­lit­i­cal and Eco­nomic Risk con­sul­tancy rated In­dia's bu­reau­cracy as the worst among ma­jor Asian coun­tries. In his In­de­pen­dence Day speech ear­lier this month, Modi said that he had been shocked by what he had seen in the cor­ri­dors of power since mov­ing to New Delhi af­ter his land­slide elec­tion vic­tory in May. Dur­ing his first three months in of­fice, Modi has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for pay­ing unan­nounced vis­its to govern­ment of­fices.

Fear of be­ing caught play­ing tru­ant has al­ready trig­gered a sharp rise in at­ten­dance lev­els among civil ser­vants and Delhi's main golf course has re­port­edly been largely de­serted on week days.-AFP

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