Shimla: In order to keep an effective control over employee’s attendance at Himachal Pradesh Secretariat the govt has installed biometeric machines to monitor the attendance. The biometric machines use fingerprints to mark attendance.
From today, 32 IAS officers, 14 HAS officers; 58 class I officers and about 1,400 other employees will now use the new system to mark their attendance and will forgo the old practice of signing in the registers at the entry gates of the twin Secretariat complex.
A circular issued by chief secretary Asha Swaroop says, “From June 1, there will be complete switch over to the new system of marking attendance through biometeric machines.”
The employees association were vehemently opposing the new bio-meteric attendance mandatory for all employees in the past as it would keep a check on ‘missing’ employees in the secretariat complex but later fall into line and welcomed the state government’s decision.
Manmohan Jassal of the association was quoted in the media saying, “We welcome all government initiatives to increase efficiency. Biometerics is a good step, but it should also be accompanied with similar initiatives to provide proper working atmosphere to the employees, including dignified seating facilities in the branches.”
In all 12 machines have been installed at the Secretariat gates. The office timing will remain 10 am to 5 pm with lunch break between 1.30 pm to 2 pm. An half an hour grace period will be allowed but this has to be compensated by staying half hour late in the office.