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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  • SVlover

    Ha, ha, ha, ha!

  • KGB

    That could never happen here. Even AC employees would be missed after 10 years.

    • caochladh

      Actually, it did! It happened when the Sylvia Park complex was being used by the military and various government departments for storage and other purposes. A rather suspicious IRD inspector decided to investigate and found “employees” of long standing who only turned up on pay day..

  • Bryan

    they have the same issue in greece many have been paid as govt workers for 10 years but never turned up for work no wonder their country is in the economic mess it is

  • zotaccore

    For the left, this man would be a hero. He epitomizes the ethos of leftwing union loonies who strive to rort the system for self-benefit.

  • Aucky

    When I first saw the headline I thought that they had finally rumbled Phil Goff but then I remembered that he has been an MP for 33 years.

    • Cadwallader

      I was thinking Nanaia Mahuta actually. We’ve seen her with a bare back but in Parliament?

      • Reaper

        There was the time she took her screaming baby in there in the middle of the night and demanded the rules be changed to accommodate her.

        • Cadwallader

          Do you mean to say she’s reproduced? Have a heart please!

        • Imogen B

          Rather like Ruth Richardson who wanted a feeding Ron and the stairs fenced? Nothing is new under the sun

  • Michael

    A civil servant who never caused any harm beyond drawing his salary!