A worker has been fired after going on leave for 24 years – having last shown up for work in December 1990.
Shockingly, A.K. Verma was paid the entire time – despite being found guilty of skiving 22 years ago.
He worked in the Indian civil service where jobs are considered to be for life.
Even so, he was pushing it.
Verma, an executive engineer at the Central Public Works Department, was fired after last appearing for work in December 1990.
‘He went on seeking extension of leave, which was not sanctioned, and defied directions to report to work,’ the government said in a statement on Thursday.
Even after an inquiry found him guilty of ‘wilful absence from duty’ in 1992, it took another 22 years and the intervention of a cabinet minister to remove him, the government said.