In one of the branches of a top Indian Public Sector banks in Pune, Maharashtra , A  Junior Officer got married recently, so he had been cautiously applying for leaves remaining with him, to enable him to attend the necessary ceremonies after marriage ex : for the purpose of first first rakshabandhan after marriage , dashehara after marriage, first diwali after marriage etc. He was lucky enough to get those leaves sanctioned by his Branch Manager. He was very persuasive.

The Other Junior officers in this Branch got jealous and complained to the Branch Manager, that this officer went on leave very frequently. The Branch Manager should have objected this allegation here itself, because he had himself sanctioned his leaves and knew about the issue. But the Branch Manager was a very foolish person, he pretended to be very annoyed with his Junior Officer after listening to his staff. He did not even think for a moment and ordered his subordinate officer to provide a caution letter to this Junior Officer for his absence from duty to satisfy his audience. This particular junior officer had been on leave for two weeks when all the jealous co workers took the opportunity to complain against him. As per the rule, “Majority wins”.

The Branch Manager called the junior officer to his cabin in the evening, the day he reported to work. He started scolding him. He mentioned that he had extended his leave mentioning that he was sick. He accused that the junior officer was lying. He threatened him that he would be provided a caution letter from the branch for this kind of behavior.

The next day the Junior officer was provided caution letter by the Branch Manager. The Junior officer was taken aback when he read the letter. He tried to explain the Branch Manager that he was not at fault. In fact no mistake was even committed. The Branch Manager refused to listen. But he mentioned that may be your the movement of stars is not in your favor and your bad days may have just started, it happens. (The Branch Manager was Brahmin.)

The letter mentioned four already sanctioned leaves and an extraordinary leave on loss of pay which was sanctioned by the Deputy General Manager, because the officer was on Probation and did not have enough leaves when he got married. The Branch Manager should have been issued a caution letter for sanctioning his leaves, by his higher authorities, if the frequency of leaves was found objectionable.

Indeed! It was a foolish decision to provide a letter to a Junior Officer, merely to make majority of his staff happy, the way a joker does in a Circus. This was realized by the Branch Manager as soon as the Junior Officer provided a reply to the caution letter. But the damage was already done and the Branch Manager felt so guilty that he could not look in the eye at his Junior Officer at that moment.

But later he learned to be shameless unlike others Branch Managers in the Banking Industry. Obviously the show must go on.

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