The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is India's Ministry of Personnel. They get the award for the following.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Female civil servants in India are furious with new government guidelines that force them to list intimate details, including their menstrual history, in appraisal forms, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.The last time a woman menstruated is irrelevant and none of these(or any other) bureaucrat's business. For invading the privacy of its female employees, India's Ministry of Personnel is today's Knucklehead of the Day.
The All-India Services Performance Appraisal Rules 2007 -- which apply to senior government workers -- ask female employees to record their last menstrual period, as well as when they last took maternity leave, the Hindustan Times said.
"The questions are too intrusive and have no bearing on our work," Seema Vyas, a senior bureaucrat in Maharashtra state, was quoted as saying.
India's Ministry of Personnel, which drew up the new appraisal guidelines, says it has not received any complaints and the addition of such questions was based on advice from health officials.
"I assume this will help evaluate the officer's fitness," Satyanand Mishra, the ministry's most senior bureaucrat, told the newspaper.
But women officers said it was "insensitive" and "irrelevant", adding they planned to protest.
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