Haryana government may be going gaga over the increasing number of its employees adopting the new Aaadhar-enabled biometric attendance system, but there are more than 10 departments, employees of which have given it a cold shoulder since its launch about 10 months ago.
This was revealed on November 16 when chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar held a meeting with all administrative secretaries and other senior officials to review the biometric attendance system in all offices.
According to information, of the 10 departments with poor response, the worst is the agriculture department where only about 24 % of its employees mark their presence on the biometric system, while remaining do it on the register, followed by roadways (28%), Haryana urban development authority (HUDA) (34%), social justice and empowerment (36%), PWD (43%), public health engineering (48%) and women and child development and employment departments (49 %).
However, on the flip side, there are about a dozen departments where more than 70% or more employees mark themselves present on the biometric system. While more than 90 % employees of Haryana electronics development corporation (Hartron) use the new system, 84% employees of the higher education department, 82% of technical education department, 81% of irrigation and town and country planning departments, and about 70% staffers of revenue, excise and taxation and regional transport authorities (RTAs) have opted for the biometric attendance.
During the meeting with the chief minister, departments such as agriculture, roadways and police departments had highlighted the problems being faced by their field staff following which Khattar assured them that the issue would be addressed.
At the meeting, Khattar had approved biometric attendance exemption to police personnel on field duties.