A SAFAI karamchari working in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), who had approached the Bombay High Court recently on being denied study leave to pursue his PhD, has been asked to make a representation before the civic body again. The court also asked the BMC to reconsider his request. A bench headed by SC Dharmadhikari said both the parties should find an amicable solution to the issue.
The petitioner, Sunil Yadav, has been working as a safai karamchari with the BMC for the past 10 years. He had approached the High Court seeking direction to be issued to the BMC to grant him study leave for 21 months commencing from October.
“The petitioner, a safai karmachari with BMC is doing his PhD. He needs study leave. He is aggrieved by the arbitrary inaction and delay on part of the BMC in deciding his application and effectively thereby refusing him study leave. The BMC has merely verbally informed him that his application cannot be granted and no written communication has been made in this regard. No specific reasons have been provided for rejecting the leave,” says the petition.
Yadav completed his MA in Globalisation in 2014 through Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Thereafter, on clearing the entrance examination, Yadav was selected for the Integrated Course of M Phil-PhD in the subject of Inclusive Development and Social Justice. While he completed his M Phil, in May 2016, he is now pursuing his PhD.
According to his petition, the rules laid down by the civic body clearly states that BMC employees are entitled to avail study leave. “The rules permits employees of the corporation to avail study leave for the studies which may not be closely or directly related to the work of corporation employee, but which are capable of widening his mind in a manner likely to improve his abilities as an employee and to equip him better to collaborate with those employed in other branches of public service,” says the petition.