Man fired after not coming to work for 24 years
January 9, 2015No Comments
Shri A.K. Verma, an executive engineer with India’s Central Public Works Department (CPWD), took an earned leave in December 1990 and never came back to work.
Now, after 24 years and one month, he has been fired by the CPWD “for unauthorized absence from duty.”
Verma sought extensions of his initial leave, but they were not granted; however, he still refused to come to work. In 1992, an inquiry was launched against him; in 2007, charges were brought against him by the then-minister of urban development.
Yet he was still not terminated — until now.
The Indian bureaucracy is known for being painstakingly slow — in fact, it’s the “worst in Asia,” according to a 2012 report from Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy.
But things are shifting. Shortly after taking office in March 2014, India’s Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu directed a review of cases such as Verma’s, which had been sitting in a drawer since 2007.