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CM office to monitor attendance of district offices from tomorrow

From Monday, officers and staff at the district-level administration will have to mark their biometric attendance, which will be accessible to the chief minister's office (CMO) in Chandigarh. Following instructions from the tech-savvy Manohar Lal Khattar government, the biometric attendance of all officers and staff members at the district headquarters has been made mandatory and the biometric machines will be made operational from Monday.

punjab Updated: May 02, 2015 21:20 IST
Neeraj Mohan

From Monday, officers and staff at the district-level administration will have to mark their biometric attendance, which will be accessible to the chief minister's office (CMO) in Chandigarh.

Following instructions from the tech-savvy Manohar Lal Khattar government, the biometric attendance of all officers and staff members at the district headquarters has been made mandatory and the biometric machines will be made operational from Monday.

The system has been put in place not only to ensure that employees reach their offices on time but also put a check on the practice of proxy attendance.

52 BIOMETRIC MACHINES INSTALLED IN ROHTAK

As many as 52 biometric machines have been installed in the three buildings of the district administration here, which will be connected directly to the server. The data about the time of arrival of officers and the staff will reach the CMO in no time, helping the higher officials to keep an eye on the district-level officers.

"The data related all employees has already been collected, including the last eight digits of the Aadhaar card for the purpose of biometric attendance, which will begin from Monday," said Munish Gupta, district information and public relations officer.
Hesaid that his department was making all-out efforts to provide hassle free service for biometric attendance of officers and the staff members, right from the deputy commissioner to the fourth-class employee.

"We will also instal two big machines in the premises of the mini-secretariat for the employees, who face problem in marking the attendance in their own departments", he added.

OFFICERS SKEPTICAL

While the government's move aims at creating work culture in government offices, some officers have reservations about it.
"Just sitting in the office does not mean that we are working. Biometric attendance notwithstanding, We will continue to do our work as we did in the past", said a senior officer of the district administration.

He added, "Also, the electricity back-up is must for the online attendance and most of the computers with which the punching machine is attached do not have inverter connectivity. The government should first ensure round-the-clock electricity supply", he added.

In the mini-secretariat, some staff members were also seen requesting their bosses that their office should have their own attendance machine as they don't like to go in other offices twice a day for attendance.