The BMC is rushing to meet the July 15 deadline to implement the Aadhar enabled Biometric At tendance System (BAS) to record its employees’ attendance, which has been made mandatory by the central government. Trying to catch up with the central government’s order and technologically savvy private organisations in the city, it has completed the registration of nearly 97 per cent of its employees.
“The commissioner announced in Saturday’s review meeting that July 15 is the last date for all employees to register themselves on the system. The biometric system will increase productivity and lead to accountability. We have installed 90 per cent of the required machines, the installation of the rest is in process,” said Sudhir Naik, deputy municipal commissioner in-charge.
Thus, biometric attendance will be mandatory for every employee from July 15. A failure to register on the system would lead to salary cuts for the civic body’s staff.
The BMC, which appears to have been in the Stone Age until the central government’s order last year, had been recording attendance through signatures on a register.Under the new system, every employee’s Aadhar card number, along with a finger print, will be used to mark the attendance. The civic body has registered 1.04 lakh of its employees on the system so far, while the registration of 3,000 employees is still pending.
BMC’s previous method of signing in a register has invited several complaints from citizens, who complained that the staff would remain absent from their desks despite the attendance register showing them as present for work.Incidents of staffers marking `out time’ and leaving early, or not coming to work at all had been witnessed too.
The BAS will show how many employees are present at work on any given day, along with weekly statistics.
Marking attendance digitally is a common practice in private companies, with organisations using advanced techniques to prevent tampering and ensure that employees clock in the required number of hours.
Of the 1.04 lakh employees who have registered, 88,000 are actively marking their attendance digitally. When Mirror checked, 22,000 staffers were present on Sunday for work at BMC (waste management and water departments work on Sunday too).
To register attendance, employees will have to punch in the last eight digits of their Aadhar numbers along with a fingerprint. Stepping in late for work will automatically generate a `late’ remark.
Staffers will also have to mark `outdoor duty’ for going out of the office, which will have to be approved by their Head of Department first. If not, they will suffer a salary cut for that day. Employees also have an app through which they can mark an outdoor duty.
The BAS will be essential in tracking the punctuality of employees. For example, according to the system, around 78.4 per cent of BMC’s employees are stepping in before 9 am, and around 20 per cent are coming in after 11 am. The average `in time’ recorded by the system so far is 8:55 am, while the average `out time’ is 4:35 pm.
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