Saturday, 10 January 2015

Worker Fired For Going On Leave For 24 Years

A worker in India has been fired after going on leave for 24 years.  He last showed up for work in December 1990. Even though he refused to show up for work, his salary was paid n full the whole time.

Although A. K. Verma was found guilty of skiving 22 years ago, his salary did not stop.

He worked in the Indian civil service where jobs are considered to be for life.

Verma, an executive engineer at the Central Public Works Department, was fired after last appearing for work in December 1990.

‘He went on seeking extension of leave, which was not sanctioned, and defied directions to report to work,’ the government said in a statement on Thursday.

Even after an inquiry found him guilty of ‘wilful absence from duty’ in 1992, it took another 22 years and the intervention of a cabinet minister to remove him, the government said.
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.

States, led by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, have recently changed the law to make it easier to hire and fire staff, in a move welcomed by industry leaders but opposed by labour unions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cracked down on rampant absenteeism by making New Delhi bureaucrats sign in at work using a fingerprint scanner. The results are publicly available online.

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