The BJP seems to have invited the wrath of central government employees living in the national capital with some of its non-populist measures. The forceful implementation of the in and out timings via bio-metric devices have deeply annoyed substantive sections of government employees.
They were extremely upset that they even had to report to work on Gandhi Jayanti for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cherished Swacch Abhiyan, and also about the rigour some of them had to undergo for his other pet schemes like Jan Dhan Yojna and ensuring that his interaction with children went live on Teachers Day. There were rumors that BJP government would reduce retirement age to 58 like the newly elected BJP government in Haryana did it two months ago.
There are about seven lakh central government employees in Delhi – 30% of them women – and party strategists fear other voters in these families also voted against the BJP.
The Narendra Modi government’s decision on biometric attendance making it mandatory for government employees to mark their attendance sharply at 9 in the morning upset women employees, a union minister said.
“During campaigning for Delhi elections, we realised that women employees were upset as it was becoming difficult for them to manage household affairs and reach office sharply at 9 am. They were clearly against us,” the minister told.
The non committal on matters like DA merger, interim relief etc. also would have contributed for the employees turning against the BJP.