30,000 irregular employees tracked down by biometric attendance system

The biometric system is helping a great deal to ascertain at what time the employees check-in and leave, which in turn is proving useful in determining their rightful salaries

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) started linking biometrics to salaries, a system that started last year and created a commotion in the Mumbai civic body recently after 10,000 employees received pay cuts. Although municipal employees are protesting against the new biometric attendance system as now they no longer can come late and leave early from work, senior civil officers say that the system has helped them to track irregular employees.

A recent study found that almost 30,000 of the over one lakh BMC staffers reported late to work.

For over one lakh employees at the civic headquarters, 24 ward offices and many other peripheral offices of BMC, attendance is linked to biometrics.

Deputy municipal commissioner Sudhir Naik said that the biometric system is helping a great deal to ascertain at what time the employees check-in and leave, which in turn is proving useful in determining their rightful salaries. He said the employees' grievances will be heard and their issues will be resolved if their salaries were cut unreasonably, for which they have to put forth an explanation within a month.

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