A Man Finally Got Fired From His Job After Being Away On Leave For 24 Years

Well, it was 24 years well spent.

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Question: How many days of leave do you get annually if you're working? 14 days? 18? 21?

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Whatever your answer is, you can't top A.K Verma, an Indian national who was on leave for 24 years from his engineering job. He hasn't shown up for work since December 1990, the exact month which this writer was born in.

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Assistant executive engineer A.K Verma went on leave in 1990 after joining India's central public works department (CPWD) a decade earlier.

A.K Verma, a senior engineer at the Central Public Works Department, last showed up for work in December 1990.

A.K. Verma, an executive engineer at the Central Public Works Department, was not only skipping work willfully, but attempting to use various loopholes to continue doing so. He hasn’t shown up since December 1990 and, even when facing his accusers, “went on seeking extension of leave, which was not sanctioned,” a government statement on Tuesday reported. Verma also refused “directions to report to work.”

It took over 22 years for the paperwork to be processed for Verma's dismissal thanks to the Indian government's inaction and Verma's non-cooperation

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The Hindu describes him as being "on furlough," but an inquiry ruled against him in 1992, and delays and inaction ensued for 22 more years until Verma eventually got fired. "He went on seeking extension of leave, which was not sanctioned, and defied directions to report to work," officials said in a statement.

In accordance with service rules, an inquiry was ordered in 1992 for what was found to be Verma's "willful absence." But the engineer was able to keep his job because of his non-cooperation and government inaction, his employer said.

To put things into perspective, let's list down a few major milestones that happened in these 25 years. Firstly, Malaysia went through 3 Prime Ministers since 1990.

The entire globe went through 7 World Cups with Germany winning the latest one...

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And the iPhone was launched 8 years ago in 2007 and changed the mobile phone industry. You get the drift... It has been a long time.

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India is finally getting tough on their civil servants thanks to India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has been making surprise checks so much so that the once full golf course is now surprisingly empty on weekdays since he came to power.

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India's civil servants have long been notorious for arriving late, taking long lunches or spending parts of their day on the golf course. A 2012 survey by the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk consultancy rated India's bureaucracy as the worst among major Asian countries.

Golf courses in Dehli are now largely deserted on weekdays.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he was shocked by bureaucrats' behavior when he took power last year, and has tried cracking down. He's known to play office monitor, showing up in the halls of power unannounced, and now makes civil servants sign in with fingerprint scanners – the results can be seen online.

During his first few months in office, Modi developed a reputation for paying unannounced visits to government offices. Fear of being caught playing truant triggered a rise in attendance levels among civil servants and Delhi's main golf course has reportedly been largely deserted on week days.

Well for A.K Verma, we do hope he finds a new job soon...

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