Distressing news from India: After going on leave for just 24 YEARS, man is finally sacked.


In India, government jobs are considered to be for life, but A.K. Verma, an executive engineer at the Central Public Works Department, pushed it beyond limit. He last appeared for work in
December 1990. In a statement on Thursday, the government said: “He went on seeking extension of leave, which was not sanctioned, and defied directions to report to work.”

An inquiry had found him guilty of “willful absence from duty” in 1992, but it took another 22 years and the intervention of a cabinet minister to sack him. India’s labour laws, which the World Bank says are the most restrictive anywhere, make it hard to sack staff for any reason other than criminal misconduct…. there must b a reason for his action. Ds is certainly not fair……

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