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?

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