Thiruvananthapuram: Punching has been made compulsory to mark attendance at the Secretariat from January 1, 2018.
The General Administration directive says that staff members will get their salaries only if they mark their attendance through the biometric attendance system. The employees have also been told to wear their ID cards in a visible manner.
The principal secretary at the General Administration, Biswanath Sinha, has asked all the staff members to get their biometric identity card before December 15.
Earlier, there were reports that the government offices in the state may move to Aadhaar-based punching system to mark attendance. The system will see continuous late arrival marked as absence and enable employees who visit other offices on official duty to mark attendance there too.
The fingerprint-based biometric time and attendance machines will be bought through Keltron. There are 5,250 employees in the Secretariat. Though government offices at present have electronic punching machines, they are used only to monitor attendance. Since they are not connected to salary distribution software, Spark, it doesn't affect those who arrive late for work or leave early from work.
After punching is done, attendance is marked in a register too. The number of working days are determined on the basis of the register book entry, where one can get away with delays if they have the blessings of their superiors.
Linking of the biometric punching system to Spark is expected to end this malpractice. The state will use the same software made by the NIC and installed in many central government offices here too.
Ahead of its linking to the biometric punching system, Spark will be moved to an open source platform. The treasury department will also soon introduce the punching system in its offices across the state.
If an employee arrives late for work or leaves office early three days in a row, it will be marked as a day's leave. Employees going to other offices on official duty have to swipe their attendance there.