India Ranked the Worst Bureaucracy
Below is the excerpt taken from HT epaper, seems like India is worse off than Pakistan!
It was once called the steel frame of the British Raj. Today, the Indian bureaucracy is a rusty parody of its former self. Meant to be the interface between the government and the citizen, it usually leaves citizens seething, or in despair.
A driver’s licence, an electricity connection, a birth certificate – it’s virtually impossible to get any of these without paying out bribes at every stage or taking days off work to stand in serpentine queues, waiting for officials to return from three-hour lunch breaks.
Just last month, a report by Hong Kong-based Political & Economic Risk Consultancy ranked India’s bureaucracy the worst among 12 nations it surveyed in Asia, including Thailand, Vietnam and China.
The report tagged our babudom “suffocating” and full of “slow and painful” processes.