Bilal Bashir Bhat
Srinagar, Jul 05: Though the imposition of Governor’s rule is mostly known as the result of the failure of constitutional machinery, like in Jammu and Kashmir where recently the coalition government collapsed, however, the rule has brought a significant development with attendee in government offices witnessing a sudden jump to 80% from 45% since the reinforced inception of the biometric system ordered on June 22 soon after the imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir state.
Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir state came under governor’s rule on June 20th following Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulls out of alliance with People’s Democratic Party (PDP). This is the eighth time in the last four decades J&K was put under Governor’s rule and third time under J&K Governor N N Vohra tenure.
Soon after the PDP-BJP breakup Principal Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary in order to ensure punctuality in the Government Offices/ Establishments ordered implementation of Biometric Attendance System.
According to the order for all Government employees/ persons drawing salary, wages, honorarium etc, no salary or wages would be drawn in favor of the Government employees of any category for the month of June 2018 onwards unless they have enrolled themselves in Biometric System (Aadhar not mandatory).
The above applies also to all the PSU employees, Contractual/ consolidated/casual workers or any other type of persons drawing wages in any form from the public exchequer.
It will be the duty of the concerned DDOs to ensure enrolment before 30th June 2018 and furnish a certificate for the same along the Salary /Wage Bill presented in the Treasury, without which the Treasury Officers are directed not to entertain any’ Salary/ Wage bill.
From 22nd June 2018 onwards, the marking of attendance in the system would be compulsory for all categories of employees and wage earners. Only after the scrutiny of monthly attendance, the DDOs would prepare Salary/Wage bill and certificate would accordingly be furnished along with the bill to the Treasuries concerned.
“Attendance in the civil secretariat and other offices has witnessed a sudden jump to 80% from 45% since the reinforced inception of the biometric system,” said a statement issued by the General Administration Department (GAD) issued here this evening.
It said biometric time and attendance system has also improved workforce productivity, efficiency, and human resource management at all levels in the administration.
“The biometric attendance reports are generated and submitted by GAD to the Governor’s Secretariat on daily basis,” it said adding that similar reports are submitted by the Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu to ensure punctuality of the staff. (KNB)