Civil servant sacked after failing to turn up to work – for 25 years

If this happened in New Zealand, rather than India, there would be a massive union protest, an Employment Court process and a massive payout for unjustified dismissal.

But this happened in India.

A civil servant in India was sacked from his job – after not turning up to work for 25 years.

The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) finally dismissed the man for unauthorised absence this week, the Indian Express reported, citing the Press Trust of India news agency.

AK Verma, an executive electrical engineer, joined the department as an assistant executive engineer in 1980 and worked for the next decade.

But after he went on earned leave in December 1990 he never returned. Instead, Verma sought further time off and when this wasn’t granted, continued not to turn up to work regardless.  

An inquiry was apparently launched in September 1992, only to be delayed.

Eventually, more than 10 years later, a charge sheet was drawn up in 2005, and the inquiry’s report was submitted two years later. It was accepted by the then Minister of Urban Development in August 2007 – but went no further.

The saga drew to a close on Thursday after  Verma was sacked by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu – just a mere quarter-of-a-century later.

It’s unclear whether he was paid during his absence.

I bet he did manage to find a way to rort the system and get himself paid.

Some would say our own civil servants turn up to work in name only.


– The Independent

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