The Indian Patent office has issued an internal circular regarding expediting and streamlining the patent grant process. This is a wakeup call for the examiners and controllers who tend to take a lot of time to complete their tasks or do a poor job. (Overly spending considerable time, over-ruling opinions etc).
The internal circular includes a set of instructions that the examiners and controllers will have to follow henceforth to improve the quality of examination and avoid duplication of work. A good thing about the set of instructions is that they clarify the roles and responsibilities of the examiner. This will definitely help in reducing the amount of time that is spent in re-doing the same work or over-ruling opinions without any supporting reasons.
The circular can be accessed from this link: http://ipindia.nic.in/iponew/Circular_04_21September2011.pdf