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Ghaziabad civic body to get mobile biometric devices to check absenteeism

In the existing system, sanitation workers mark their attendance manually in a register that is maintained by the cleaning supervisor in each of the 100 wards. This register is later checked by inspectors of the health department and senior officials

noida Updated: Dec 14, 2017 22:23 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
The mobile biometric devices will help record the attendance of its over 3,500 sanitation workers and thereby address the problem of absenteeism and proxy attendance.
The mobile biometric devices will help record the attendance of its over 3,500 sanitation workers and thereby address the problem of absenteeism and proxy attendance.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad municipal corporation plans to introduce mobile biometric devices to record the attendance of its over 3,500 sanitation workers as it looks into the problem of absenteeism and proxy attendance.

Residents had recently written to the district magistrate complaining about the irregularity of the sanitation staff. DM Ritu Maheshwari ordered an inquiry in the matter and deputed additional city magistrate Sanjay Bansal to head it.

“For the purpose of the inquiry, I have written to the corporation to provide a ward-wise list of all sanitation staffers. We will conduct surprise checks to track employees who abstain from work, affecting the cleaning and garbage-lifting activities,” Bansal said.

In the existing system, sanitation workers mark their attendance manually in a register that is maintained by the cleaning supervisor in each of the 100 wards. This register is later checked by inspectors of the health department and senior officials.

Accepting that absenteeism and irregularity of the sanitation staffers was a challenge, corporation officials said the problem, however, has reduced. “To overcome the issue of proxy attendance, we plan to procure mobile biometric devices to record the attendance,” municipal commissioner CP Singh said, adding that monitoring of attendance registers is done regularly.

“The longitude and latitude of the supervisor’s location will be fed into these devices. A staffer’s attendance will be recorded only when s/he arrives at the specific location. This will help us keep check irregularity and reduce other malpractices,” Singh said.

However, many councillors said the biggest challenges with the sanitation workforce was of underemployment.

“As per our estimate, only 60-70% of the available workforce is put to work on a daily basis. Some of them don’t even put in the required number of hours,” Raj Nagar councillor Rajendra Tyagi said, adding that if the potential of the same workforce is fully utilized with checks and balances, the city can be rid of its unhygienic surroundings.

Meanwhile, ahead of the Smart City challenge and Swachh Survekshan in 2018, the corporation started skill development training for its cleaning staff.

This will help staffers do their work better and bring qualitative improvement in the city’s sanitation, officials added.