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Appraisal form shocks women bureaucrats

The new appraisal rules for women bureaucrats instructs them to record intimate details like their menstrual history, reports Ketaki Ghoge.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2007 15:31 IST

Women bureaucrats are furious with the new appraisal rules drawn up by the Ministry of Personne1this year, which make it compulsory for them to reveal intimate details about themselves, such as their menstrual history.

The All-India Services Performance Appraisal Rules 2007 that apply to IAS, IPS and IFS officers - asks women officers to record their last menstrual period, and when they last took maternity leave ('period of last confinement') in their evaluation forms.

"The questions are too intrusive and have no bearing on our work," said Seema Vyas, joint secretary of Maharashtra's general administration department. State Principal Secretary (Health) Chandra lyengar said: "Health problems or aberrations are generally mentioned to assess the officer's physical fitness. But information on menstrual cycles is irrelevant." Other senior women officers termed the queries "insensitive".

They have decided to send a protest letter to the Centre, if required. Additional Chief Secretary (Personnel) Chitkala Zutshi said she would seek clarifications from the Centre. A senior officer at the Prime Minister's Office, who declined to be named, was shocked when HT informed him about the new appraisal format.

"We will check on this," he said. Satyanand Mishra, secretary in the Ministry of Personnel at the Centre, said he had not received any complaint. He said the queries were based on advice from the Ministry of Health. "We sought the ministry's help to draw up a health-history format. I assume this will help evaluate the officer's fitness," Mishra said.