I didn’t know of this! Apparently for a 1 billion strong country, we have a 20 million strong (Centre + states) bureaucracy. That is one and half times the population of Delhi. That makes it a Bureaucrat Density Index (BDI) of 1 for every 50 people in India.

More news from the latest issue of India Today…

There is a bureaucracy of 34,61,337 employees just at the Centre that costs around Rs 38,656 crore annually to maintain. That makes it a Per Capita Bureaucrat Expenditure (PCBE) of Rs 1,11,689.

I wish I could factor in the Regulatory Costs imposed by them on us!

“Bureaucrat”, Soviet Poster, 1987

Other details from India Today…

Various governments between 1990 and 2002 constituted 170 panels.
Since may 2005 the UPA regime has created over 50 panels.
There have been 225 committees in the last 10 years.
Six committees have studied the problems of unemployment.
Realpolitik speak is this “Committes are the best tool to move two groups from a static position to a solution.”
But I like this the best “The committees must be the only instance of 100 days guaranteed employment.”

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Naveen Mandava

Naveen is Co-Founder at XamCheck, an organization that partners with schools, supporting them in processes they follow, with learning materials and processes that are all crafted to work together as an interconnected system to drive learning. He is a Doctoral Fellow from RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, United States of America. He has worked extensively on assessment based decision support for governments, non-profit organizations and schools chains in India and the USA for over 10 years. He has been a Lead Consultant with the World Bank’s Innovations for Poverty Action Consortium, a Policy Analyst with RAND Corporation and a Research Manager at Centre for Civil Society.