TAKING SERIOUS note of habitual latecomers at UT Secretariat in Sector 9, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to crack a whip on such employees. The administration has issued a directive asking the staff to maintain punctuality, failing which disciplinary action would be initiated against them. Not only that, their salaries would also be deducted.
The directive has been issued with an aim of improving the work culture at the UT Secretariat. The authorities had been regularly receiving complaints about officials remaining absent and coming late to office.
UT secretary (establishment) Dr S B Deepak Kumar, vide order issued on September 9, appointed Promila Devi as the nodal officer for the biometric attendance system (BAS) of UT Secretariat.
The nodal officer has been asked to monitor the system and submit a report of the attendance every day at 10 am to the secretary (establishment) and also to point out all lapses of late arrival, absenteeism to finance and planning officer (F&PO) for deduction of salaries after taking due approvals.
However, if a staff member is late for genuine reasons or with prior approval of senior officials, then the nodal officer has the discretion to excuse him/her.
All the branch heads concerned have been directed to ensure that their staff report for work on time. The establishment branch will also regularly issue circulars regarding improving the work culture.
The rule came into force on September 12 and on first day around 10 employees were reported late. Being the first day, they all were let off with a warning.
The administration had last year introduced the Aadhaar card-linked fingerprint-based biometric attendance system, replacing the manual system of marking of attendance. The biometric devices have been installed on all the floors of the five-storey Secretariat buildings. The employees lamented that only limited number of devices have been installed. They also complained that the system is very slow and urged the authorities to upgrade the system.
Despite repeated attempts, Dr Kumar was not available for comment.