It took 24 years for an Indian government department to realize one of their employees had never returned from his vacation.
Twenty-four years after going on vacation and never returning, Shri A.K. Verma has been let go from his government job. After working at India's Central Public Works Department from 1980 to 1990, the executive engineer went on earned leave. He then requested an extension which was not granted. After that there was "an inquiry." The inquiry was delayed and 22 years later the CPWD realized that this master of hooky hadn't been heard from in almost a quarter of a century so they “promptly” fired him.