Delhi Golf Club
THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has scrapped membership of Delhi’s prestigious golf club for bureaucrats as part of a crackdown on its notoriously work-shy civil servants, a report said on Thursday (January 29).
The memberships had been awarded to a select group of serving and retired bureaucrats by the previous left-leaning Congress government, the Hindustan Times daily said.
But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has now scrapped the perk, cancelling memberships for 27 civil servants teeing off from the club’s plush greens and mulling the future of another 30.
The newspaper said the quota scheme organised by the urban development ministry, which oversees the club’s land, was ended after it was found to be in “contravention of rules and regulations,” without elaborating.
After his landslide election victory last May, Modi cracked the whip on India’s civil servants, who are notorious for arriving late, taking long lunches and whiling away afternoons on the golf course.
Modi said he was shocked by what he saw in the corridors of power after moving to Delhi.
The Delhi Golf Club, which dates back to 1930, is spread over 200 acres (80 hectares) in the heart of the city with sprawling greens interspersed by Mughal-era ruins.
Ministry officials could not be contacted for comment, while the club said it had no comment to make.