Following a directive issued by the high court of Bombay at Goa, Margao Municipal Council (MMC) chief officer Sandhya Kamat held a meeting with the MMC employees where it was decide that the biometric finger scan systems would be implemented from next Tuesday.
Although the MMC had earlier said that they were going to strictly implement the biometric system, it was not made functional on account of objections raised by the employees' union.
The high court disposed of a writ petition filed by Green Goa Foundation on February 5 and directed the MMC chief officer to call for a meeting with the union to have talks with them and obtain their willingness to use the said system, so that the entire problem could be solved. The high court has kept it open for the chief officer to take further steps in case the union does not accept the reasonable suggestions made by the chief officer in this regard.
The high court found substance in the petition and opined that there cannot be any manner of doubt that the said biometric system, which has already been installed is made operational, will definitely ensure the attendance of the employee.
At the meeting held on Wednesday at the MMC building, Keshav Prabhu of the Goa Municipal Workers' Union, stressed that the workers were not opposing the need to have a system for attendance and that the workers welcomed any move to maintain discipline. He said that if their grievances could be sorted then they would have no issue with the biometric scan system.
Following deliberations between the CO and the municipal employees, Kamat stated that she was giving the employees till Friday to hand her a written complain conveying all their grievances over the use of the biometric system. She said that by Monday she would reply to all their grievances and come to an amicable agreement on how to work around them and that by Tuesday, the biometric scan system would be implemented.
"There are small grievances and if we are satisfied that these problems can be solved, than we will pose no objection. However, if they can't, then we will continue to hold deliberations with the authorities," said Prabhu.
The grievances include questions over what action would be taken if an employee reaches late to the MMC building, or has to report before the designated timing, or leave earlier than the designated time. [TOI]