Govt finally introduces Biometric attendance system

Reaching late in office may cost half day leave

SUMIT HAKHOO

Jammu, Sept 6: Employees of civil secretariat beware; reaching office late could cost you half a day casual leave salary from now on.
 Trying to clip the wings of the habitual late comers, government has finally made the much talked about Bio-Metric attendance system in the civil secretariat, both in Jammu and Srinagar, from this month. Nearly 5,000 employees will be covered under the scheme.
 As per the circular issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), nodal officials appointed in every department have been directed to submit daily `electronic’ attendance to Commissioner Secretary to Government, ARI and Trainings Department by 10:30 am sharp. 
 “Employees who are habitual of attending the office late by half an hour or more, their half day casual leave will be debited to their casual leave account by the concerned Nodal officers”, said the circular issued by General Administrative Department.
 Officials said that with the installation of the Bio-Metric attendance system in both the wings of the secretariat in Jammu and Srinagar, employees will now have to mark their daily attendance on special computer slots in each office and those who will be late, their salary will be detected from their causal leave account.
 As per the circular, the concerned Nodal Officers have been directed to maintain an account of the overtime, for more than one hour, given by any employee after working hours on a monthly basis for record purposes.
 Sources said that though the project, coined by previous government headed by Ghulam Nabi Azad, implementation was little delayed but now the necessary infrastructure has been installed in the premises of Civil Secretariat and biometric smart cards have been issued to the employees of all the departments.
 As per the technical working of the system, the bio-metric smart card based attendance will capture the exact details of the time when an employee enters the Civil Secretariat for attending duty or leaves the office.
 The system being installed with the help of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, is part of the e-governance project sponsored by the Central Government.
 It will replace the old system of recoding the attendance of employees through manual means. Slot machines will record the incoming time, how many times the workers moved out of office and the time of his leaving the office.
 With the introduction of electronic attendance system, every employee will have to make his attendance in computer rather than using attendance book.
 “Every time employees blame government for the exploitation, but they should also be accountable to the work they are doing. This e-attendance initiative is a step towards e-governance”, said a senior officer.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Sep 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Sep 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Sep 2011 00:00:00 IST




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