2004 Photo Contest, Portraits, Stories, 1st prize
Photographer

Jan Banning

Laif Photos & Reportagen for M, NRC Handelsblad

01 December, 2003

Sushma Prasad (41), assistant clerk to the cabinet secretary. India's weighty bureaucracy is an inheritance from British colonial times. Some 6,500 civil servants are employed at state level in Patna, the capital of Bihar. An estimated 45 per cent of bureaucratic positions in Patna are currently vacant due to economic restrictions.

About the photographer

Jan Banning

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