Margao civic employees cry foul over biometric machine


The Margao Municipal Council (MMC) employees have raised objection to the biometric system of attendance citing that it is time consuming, and that, the matter is ‘sub judice.’
"There were repeated complaints from the citizens of Margao that the MMC employees were often not found in the office during duty hours. Therefore, a decision was taken to install two biometric machines to bring work discipline and monitor attendance," said MMC chairperson, Mr Arthur D’Silva. This will also improve efficiency of the civic body, he added.
However, market inspector of MMC and general secretary of the municipal employees’ association, said the matter regarding installation of biometric machines is in the court and hence, "it is sub judice."
"A party had approached court a few years ago over installation of biometric machines and MMC was made a party to it," he stated.
"The machine takes 15 seconds for a fingerprint scan. That means 15 minutes would be wasted for recoding attendance," he stated further.
The biometric system of attendance has been introduced with an aim to monitor attendance and leave record of the civic staff. A circular in this regard was issued on Friday.
"We will not succumb to any pressure. There are complaints that many of our employees are not punctual and involved in other activities," stated Mr D’Silva.
Interestingly, not all employees are opposing the biometric system. Sources said that those who are allegedly in habit of going out of office during duty hours and doing personal works are against the implementation of the system.
It may be recalled that former chairperson, Mr Savio Coutinho had taken initiative to implement the system in MMC in 2009. However, the staff opposed it and even approached the then chief minister and Margao MLA, Mr Digambar Kamat.
"There is no court stay. In fact, a party which approached the court wanted to implement the system in MMC," said Mr Coutinho while speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’.
"The government should be strict in ensuring implementation of biometric system in MMC like other government offices," he added. [NT]