A man who pulled the mother of all sickies when he didn’t turn up to work for 24 years has finally been fired.
Shri A.K. Verma, an executive engineer, left his job at the India’s Central Public Works Department for a period of paid leave in December 1990 and never came back.
Mr Verma sought an extension on his leave which was not granted and after still refusing to return, an inquiry was launched against him in 1992. He still wasn’t fired, however. In 2007, charges were brought against him by the then-minister of urban development. He still wasn’t fired.
Finally, after 24 years, Mr Verma has been sacked from his job ‘for unauthorised absence from duty.’
It is worth noting that the Indian bureaucratic process is notoriously slow. According to a 2012 report from the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy in Hong Kong, it is the ‘worst in Asia’. The situation is also nuanced by India’s restrictive labour laws, which make public officials incredibly difficult to fire.
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