Mahipal, an employee with the Noida authority, got the shock of his life when his bosses told him he would turn 58 on January 31 and, thus, retire. He contested their claim and said that he still had 10 years of service left. The authority constituted a medical board, which examined Mahipal and found he was “close to 50.”
Additional chief executive officer (ACEO) of the authority, Anil Rajkumar, told HT on January 31, “It appears, someone tampered with the affidavit Mahipal had submitted at the time of joining. The date of birth 1.02.1964 had been changed to 1.02.1954. We’re looking into the matter.”
The ACEO said it was difficult to nail the person who “did the mischief. But I have issued an order that all dates of birth have to be mentioned in words to avoid such cases in future. I have forwarded the matter to the CEO for further action.”
He said medical examinations establish tentative age. “Since a medical board headed by the chief medical officer has found him to be near 50, we believe his claim of being 48 years old is valid. He gets to serve for a decade more. He was 26 when he joined.”
Mahipal works as a gardener. His colleagues quoted him as saying, “Nobody listened to me when I said I was 48. My affidavit clearly mentions I was 26 when I joined.
Such tampering ruins lives of many workers. I’m glad to have got my job back and known the authority is taking corrective measures to prevent future lapses.”