Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha member from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Brinda Karat on Thursday sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention in ensuring that the form seeking intimate details from women bureaucrats of the All India Services is withdrawn.

Ms. Karat met the Prime Minister and submitted a memorandum along with a copy of the offensive form Form IV of The All India Services (Performance Appraisal Report) Rules, 2007 issued by the Ministry of Personnel. Later, she told The Hindu that the Prime Minister said it was unfortunate and he would do whatever was necessary to see that it was withdrawn.

In her memorandum, Ms. Karat said the form seeking intimate details was "reflective of a high degree of insensitivity towards female officers on the part of the authorities responsible for this form."

Also, she pointed out that such details including detailed menstrual history and date of last confinement were not at all required for their job profile.