This Indian Guy Skips Work for 24 Years!
Believe it or not, an Indian man has been absent from his work for the past twenty four years, mind you! The Indian man in question turns out to be A.K. Verma, an executive engineer at the Central Public Works Department, or the CPWD, of India. He was known to go on sick leave one morning back in the year 1990 but have never returned anymore to the office.
As reported by the India’s CPWD, the man had always tried to find reasons to extend his leave. In addition to that, he also refused to report to work. Ironically, somehow, he was never sanctioned. The troublesome Indian man was known to start work at the CPWD back in the year 1980 and it was not until 1990 before he got promoted to an executive engineer.
To tell the truth, Verma was actually investigated for the first time in the year 1992. However, for some reasons, formal proceedings of his case did not start until as late as 2007. Add that to the fact that the CPWD had to take up to seven whole years to finally sack him. The Indian guy in question was eventually fired as soon as M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Urban Development Minister of India, ordered his dismissal. According to the minister, Verma has to be dismissed in order to ensure accountability and also to streamline the way the CPWD functions.
Interestingly enough, A.K. Verma is not alone here. It turns out that the bureaucracy in India is well known for rising absenteeism level. A lot of civil servants in the country often come late to the office and also take a very long time to finish their lunches. Mind you, many of them are even known to usually spend more than just a few hours at golf courses available in the country! A survey carried out by the Political and Economic Risk consultancy of Hong Kong back in the year 2012 revealed that the Indian bureaucracy is among the worst in Asia.
According to the World Bank, the labor laws in India are the strictest in the world. However, this makes it nearly impossible for companies to fire any of their employees that haven’t been found guilty of any criminal acts whatsoever, even if the employees are doing plenty of things wrongly, such as being absent from work too often, arriving far too late at the office or playing golf for too long during their office hours.
Now that A.K. Verma’s case has been brought to public, some Indian states, such as Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, have changed their labor laws. Thanks to that, it is now no longer that difficult to fire people.
Since irresponsible employees are now facing way more serious consequences than before, the absenteeism level in the country has significantly gone down. In addition to that, it has been weeks that the main golf course in Delhi, India, is deserted!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015