Conferences can be places where you catch up on your beauty sleep while managing to give the impression that you are one of the thinking classes who care about the huddled masses. Occasionally, they also provide interesting bits of information and insights if you do manage to rustle up energy to go through the presentations.
Here is an interesting nugget from a paper by Dr.NC Saxena, former secretray of India’s Planning Commission and a person whom I respect hugely.
” In most (Indian) states, about70% of all government employees are support staff unrelated to public service — drivers, peons and clerks. Key public services — education, healthcare, police and judiciary are starved of people, whereas many irrelevant wings are overstaffed.”
Are we surprised that India is nowhere close to attaining a respectable level in human development indicators?