Chandigarh: Soon, biometric attendance must for senior civic officials

Municipal Corporation plans to install open air gyms in green belts of sectors 32, 37, 38 and 38 (west), 47 and 48 and Rs 70 lakh has been earmarked for it.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:November 12, 2016 5:43 am
The MC building in Sector 17, Chandigarh. Express The MC building in Sector 17, Chandigarh. Express

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has decided to make biometric attendance mandatory for senior officials to maintain punctuality and discipline. The decision was taken in the Finance and Contract Committee meeting of the civic body held on Friday under the chairmanship of Mayor Arun Sood. Last year, the municipal corporation had introduced Aadhaar card-linked fingerprint-based biometric attendance system, replacing the manual marking method. However, it was noticed that the senior officials were not marking their attendance through the biometric device.

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During the meeting, the mayor said senior officials should also mark their attendance on the biometric device.

He issued directions for preparing a proposal regarding marking of biometric attendance of all the officials, including senior officers of the corporation, and table it in the next meeting.

“No official, including field employees, should be exempted from marking biometric attendance,” said Sood.

For installation of biometric attendance, an estimate of Rs 8.2 lakh was approved.

The other developmental agenda items passed in the meeting include providing and fixing tiles in Phase I of Industrial Area at an estimate cost of Rs 48 lakh, laying of new water pipeline replacing the existing old PVC ones in the areas of Palsora village at an estimated cost of Rs 44.1 lakh.

The civic body also plans to install open air gyms in the green belts of sectors 32, 37, 38 and 38 (west), 47 and 48. It

has earmarked Rs 70 lakh to install non-electrical fitness machines – treadmill, leg shaper and abs shaper — at all the locations.

The municipal corporation would try and get a trainer to assist people during the morning and evening hours. A security guard would also be deployed later.

The first open air gym in the city was set up at Shanti Kunj in Sector 16, which evoked positive response from the general public. The work of installing gyms in parks of sectors 27, 28, 50, 51, 35 and 44 is also in progress.

The committee also approved signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between BSNL and the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation for providing information and communications technology (ICT)-based vehicle tracking and monitoring solution under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

The committee also accorded approval to auction of newly developed sites at Hallomajra for carrying out the business of sale and purchase of old cars on Sundays.