J&K not interested in biometric attendance system

Aimed at ensuring punctuality and discipline in attending offices by governmental functionaries, much needed ‘Adhaar Biometric Attendance’ initiative taken by Governor N.N.Vohra during his three month long tenure seems to be dying slow death, as no development has been made despite lapse of the deadline of March 31.

An official, wishing anonymity said that governor took great leap in ensuing punctuality and discipline in the government offices, but soon after the installation of popular government in the state, the initiative faced slow death, with no takers to the order.

“Just a handful of government offices implemented this Aadhar Biometric Attendance, while as for many this initiative just existed in papers. The newly formed government is also doing nothing to implement it,” said official. He added that as compared to Kashmir province, the government offices in Jammu are bit better, as head of the offices, took pain to implement, but overall the picture is bleak.

“During first SAC meeting, the governor stressed upon the implementation of Aadhaar based biometric attendance system by March 31 this year, but not many departments took it seriously,” official said and added unaware of the system, many departments ignored the instructions.

Talking to Newspoint Deputy Commissioner Jammu-Simrandeep Singh said that his office is totally equipped with Aadhaar based biometric attendance system. “I am satisfied with the implementation of the project and I feel all the departments would have implemented it, as it decides release of salary of the employee,” he said and added the employees registered under this system will get the salary.

Pertinently, the governor had stressed the need to ensure punctuality and discipline in attending offices by governmental functionaries, irrespective of their levels and proper functioning of all institutions, including schools, colleges, hospitals, ration shops, etc.

Governor N.N.Vohra had said that high priority must be given to ensuring that offices and institutions which are concerned with the delivery of public services run honestly and efficiently. Governor had directed that technology should be fully leveraged to extend all possible benefits to the people in general and it was decided that the Aadhaar enrolment programme shall be completed in all respects by March 31.


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