Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu ordered his dismissal.
A public official has been sacked for taking leave 24 years ago and never returning to his desk, the Urban Development Ministry said today.
Assistant executive engineer A.K Verma went on leave in 1990 after joining the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) a decade earlier.
Mr Verma defied bosses' orders to return to work after his requests for additional leave were denied, but it took until 2007 for formal dismissal charges to be brought against him, the ministry said in a statement
Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu ordered his dismissal in order to "streamline the functioning of CPWD and to ensure accountability," it said.
A 2012 survey by the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk consultancy rated India's bureaucracy as the worst among major Asian countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he was shocked by what he saw in the corridors of power after moving to New Delhi following his landslide election victory in May last year.
Mr Modi has encouraged his ministers to pay unannounced visits to government offices.
A rise in attendance levels among civil servants has been reported.