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