State transport bus driver fired after disclosing HIV status
A state government emplo-yee in Pune district was sacked a fortnight ago after he voluntarily disclosed that he is HIV positive.Updated: Jun 06, 2012, 01:50 IST
A state government emplo-yee in Pune district was sacked a fortnight ago after he voluntarily disclosed that he is HIV positive.
The 40-year-old, a driver with Maharashtra State Road Trans-port Corporation (MSRTC) for 13 years, had written to his employer in 2008 seeking less strenuous work given his condition. He was instead saddled with punishing schedules despite four medical examinations at a state-run hospital
finding him unfit to drive buses. His services were terminated on May 15.
The driver, a resident of Kelwade village in Bhor tehsil of Pune district, said he was punished for being sincere. “I was harassed and deliberately given night shifts and long routes,” he said.
MSRTC’s personnel officer SM Mujawar said, “The driver’s services had been terminated considering the nature of his illness. His file has been sent to our Mumbai office as there are no clear directions for this type of a case,” he said.
State health minister Suresh Shetty said he will take up the matter with the authorities concerned to ensure the employee gets relief.