Margao municipal council to implement biometric attendance system from today


MARGAO: The Margao municipal council (MMC) will implement its biometric attendance recording system for employees from Saturday. The new system is expected to curb frequent absenteeism among staff, thereby increasing the efficiency of the civic body.
Two machines will be installed, one on the ground floor and another on the first floor, of the municipality building, to avoid long queues by employees for recording their attendance, chief officer of the MMC, Srinet Kothwale, said.
The MMC has also formulated an attendance policy to ensure punctuality and discipline among the staff members.
"Punctuality in attendance and unfailing observance of work discipline in all spheres are watchwords of an organization for its success. As a local Authority, the MMC can ill-afford to sacrifice discipline among its staff. It has therefore been decided by the council that highest priority will be accorded to toning up discipline which alone can increase productivity and meet public requirement," the circular issued by the chief officer to all section heads of the MMC, reads.
The new electronic attendance system having advanced features has been purchased at a cost of 24,500. The old biometric attendance machine, which was purchased by the MMC for 1.4 lakhs, years, ago and which was lying unused so far, has been rendered out of order, thereby necessitating the MMC to go in for the new machine.]
The old biometric attendance recording system was purchased by the MMC in 2008, when the South Goa collector, N D Agarwal, was chief officer of the civic body, and had aimed at reducing absenteeism among staff. However, stiff resistance from the civic employees union compelled the MMC bosses to relegate the plans to the backburner. However, this time, the MMC is determined to thwart all opposition.
Further, as per the new attendance policy of the MMC, every section in-charge is required to maintain a "movement registry" to record the movement of staff outside the office. [TOI