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Biometric device fails to enthuse IMC commissioner

DESPITE DISPLAYING excellent results during a month-long trial run at the zone 3 and ward 54 offices the fingerprint-based personal identification system has failed to enthuse Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 13:12 IST

DESPITE DISPLAYING excellent results during a month-long trial run at the zone 3 and ward 54 offices the fingerprint-based personal identification system has failed to enthuse Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma.

The progenitor of the identification system idea and Zone 3 president Sandhya Ajmera, has been trying to meet Sharma for over a month to press for the biometric device to be made a permanent feature at all zone offices. But has met with no success so far.

Since it was installed on February 1 the device has helped the Corporation save over Rs 78,000 by ensuring that IMC employees can no longer cover up for absent colleagues by signing in their names in the attendance register.

This, in turn, means that each employee is paid only for the number of days he has reported for work. Unlike earlier, when the ledger helped staffers draw a full month’s salary regardless of attendance.

Despite the obvious cost benefits IMC administration displayed no interest in installing the biometric device on a permanent basis at other zone and ward offices.

Meanwhile, straitjacketed by the identification system that has curbed both absenteeism and impersonation, habitually truant IMC employees have taken to sabotage.

Staffers at the Corporation’s zone 3 office recently attempted to destroy the machine by piercing the sensor on which thumb impressions are registered.

The incident took place while attendance was being tabulated for calculating salaries for muster roll employees for the month of February.

The saboteurs obviously hoped that rendering the machine unusable would make it impossible for officials to ascertain the exact attendance of each employee. Thus, allowing them to collect wages even for days they had not reported for work.

They were, however, thwarted thanks to the foresight shown by zone 3 president Sandhya Ajmera who had already taken printouts of attendance figures before the machine was sabotaged.

Although she fortuitously managed to retrieve attendance figures Ajmera says it was only a matter of time before the employees manage to get their own way unless the IMC administration intervenes.

“The fingerprint device helped to save Rs 78,000 in zone 3 in a month by keeping an unwavering tab on attendance. If it is adopted at all 13 zones the system will result in huge savings certainly upward of Rs 50 lakh,” she point out.

First Published: Mar 18, 2006 13:12 IST