BMC sweeper gets through PhD, but strug­gles to get study leave

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Aye­sha Arvind aye­sha.arvind@hin­dus­tan­

Su­nil Ya­dav, the 38-yearold safai kar­ma­chari with the Mum­bai civic body who beat all odds ear­lier this year to get ac­cepted at the Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sci­ences (TISS) for its PhD pro­gramme is now strug­gling to get leave from his em­ploy­ers to pur­sue the course.

Ya­dav has been forced to knock on the Bom­bay high court’s door and seek in­ter­ven­tion as the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) is re­fus­ing to grant him study leave. Ya­dav claims this is an “en­ti­tle­ment of BMC em­ploy­ees un­der Mu­nic­i­pal Ser­vice Reg­u­la­tions Act”.

On Fri­day, a bench of jus­tice SC Dhar­mad­hikari and jus­tice BP Co­labawala di­rected the BMC to grant him a “fair hear­ing and take a ju­di­cious de­ci­sion”.The bench took note of Ya­dav’s sub­mis­sion that the Act al­lows an em­ployee to take 24 months of study leave, but when he re­quested a 21-month leave in June this year, he was de­nied.

Ya­dav, who has been work­ing with the BMC for 10 years, told the court he wrote to his im­me­di­ate su­pe­rior, the as­sis­tant head su­per­vi­sor (Solid Waste Man­age­ment Depart­ment), but is yet to get a re­sponse.

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