The driver, one of 158 sacked, has salary slips to prove that he was absent for less than 22 days.
Pune: A Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) driver was shown the exit door for absence from duty for 22 days over a period of five months, despite the fact that his salary slip shows he was absent for less than the said duration.
According to documents, the driver was present for 23 days in August, 22 days in September, 24 days in October, 30 days in November and 25 days in December.
Tukaram Mundhe, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of PMPML, had invoked an attendance rule and dismissed 158 drivers on January 15 for not being present on duty for more than 22 days between August and December. The attendance of all employees was checked from August to December and anyone found not regularising attendance was sacked.
The driver, who was attached with Swargate depot, was present and maintained his attendance. He also received salary slips where this was confirmed. Copies of the slips are in the possession of Sakal Times.
Sunil Nalawade, General Secretary of Nationalist Workers Union of PMPML, said, “The driver was attached with Swargate bus depot. When the order was passed to dismiss 158 drivers, his name was also in the list. He is in shock since he received the letter (a copy of which is also with Sakal Times). We have asked the authority to recheck attendance of all employees and they have replied that they are reviewing attendance of all the employees.”
“As per service rule 75(5), a departmental inquiry is mandatory and sacked employees can defend themselves. But till the inquiry is concluded, there is no relief for any dismissed employee,” added Nalawade. When contacted, no PMPML official responded on the issue.