When an employee swipes his/her smart card in office, the system records the details of arrival and departure, and any office-related outdoor duty. The employees get a 30-minute cushion to enter the office. Any delay more than 30 minutes attracts half-day leave or pay cut, a senior official in the e-governance department said.
The move follows complaints flooding the government against employees’ late arrivals and bunking office. A senior DPAR officer said: “The employees raised a hue and cry when we introduced the dress code, which was, in fact, based on a request by their association’s office-bearers. We hope they won’t complain now. This e-attendance initiative is a step towards e-governance.”
According to sources, some employees would attend office once a week, but sign in the register for all the seven days and avail salary. Some others sign the attendance register and leave the office for unofficial work. The introduction of bio-metric system will help the government check this menace.
As per the circular, the departments must buy the biometric-reader system from the empanelled gadget suppliers, and the e-governance department will provide the technical help. “The secretariat has successfully introduced the system. We’ve no qualms about such plans,” Karnataka State Government Employees’ Association president L Byrappa said.
Branded bio-metric attendance system costs between Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000.The System was introduced in the secretariat, Vidhana Soudha, Vikasa Soudha and major departments and government colleges in Bangalore three years ago as a pilot project.
Once all offices introduce bio-metric system, attendance will be monitored live by department heads .There are about 5.5 lakh Karnataka government employees.