Citizens who go to civic offices and find staff missing may not have a reason to complain, once the BMC installs its biometric attendance system.
To make sure that employees remain in the office during work hours, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set a deadline to start biometric attendance system in its offices.
Earlier, the civic body switched over to the punching card system to control errant employees, but over the years employees started misusing the system. They used to get the cards punched through proxies to leave office early or come late. To prevent this, the administration has decided to introduce the biometric attendance that uses the employee's thumb impression, preventing any proxies from marking attendance.
The general administration (GA) department issued a circular on May 31 to all departments and ward offices warning them to submit all the employees' photograph and fingerprints before the deadline on June 4, a GA department official said. "This would be the last warning to all employees who have missed the earlier deadline with the agency appointed by the civic body," he added.
Currently, the new system is being implemented on a trial basis in the 'A' ward in south Mumbai and in major hospitals, and will then be implemented in all ward offices including headquarters in the next six months.
Yogesh Mahangade, deputy director of the information and technology (IT) department, which is implementing the system said, "We are now testing the new system in one ward and three hospitals in the city. We will make necessary changes as per the result of the system."
Once the new system is fully in practice, it will monitor the attendance of about 1.18 lakh employees across the city in all establishments.
Currently, biometric machines have already been installed at many places including the head office. "Civic officials should study first before this system gets implemented in offices across the city. It should be tamper-proof to improve its effectiveness," said Sandeep Singh, a Dadar resident.
"We have issued a new circular asking all employees to submit their fingerprints and photographs by June 4 as the new system should be installed as soon as possible," said PR Satpute, chief labour officer.