Recently set myself on typing a Government contract which was to be printed on a Stamp Paper. Being the unfortunate person who is educated, I found some grammatical as well as spelling errors in the format and corrected them accordingly.
One such grammatical error was “The contract is entered into the contractor”, which I changed to “The contract is entered into with the contractor”.
After submitting the same to the department my person was called back after a day and asked to make certain changes to the contract. He marked all the changes I had made, included the one stated above and also the spelling mistakes I had corrected. In short, they told him they want the contract word to word similar to the draft copy they had provided!!
Yesterday I went myself to the department and asked them how can they “enter” the contract “into” me…. needless to say they were more stumped than amused. They showed me contracts by other contractors who had followed their drafts word to word, mistake to mistake. We have been getting the same contract since years was their argument. After much discussion, with their other colleagues and seniors, it was finally agreed to accept my corrections.
Like one says….Raghukul reet sada chali aayee….what is there is there….no changes are made…things are just carried forward….