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Freitag, 19.01.2018
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The biometric system had been made mandatory for the employees working at the Secretariat a year ago, but wasn’t effectively implemented.

Sterner measures are in store for the employees of the Secretariat in Kerala, as with the New Year, the government has modernized their attendance system in order to bring in efficiency.

The Kerala government has linked the employees’ account with SPARK, or the Service and Payroll Administrative Repository of Kerala. The biometric system had been made mandatory for the employees working at the Secretariat a year ago, but wasn’t effectively implemented.

“Though biometric attendance had been made mandatory a year ago, no stern action was taken against those who didn’t follow through, which gradually made it ineffective. From January 1, 2018 onwards, biometric attendance has been made stricter. The leave account of the employees has also been linked with SPARK. As both their leave account and salary account have been linked with SPARK, their salary will be deducted if they avail more leaves than the ones they are eligible for,” Rakesh, a Section Officer of the Coordination Wing, under the General Administration Department, told TNM.

He added that though the in-charges of different sections in each department were monitoring the leaves, the system was not functioning effectively. “We can’t say that there was 100% accuracy in the system. Many-a-time, a blind eye was turned. Now their leave account has been linked with SPARK, any leaves that they avail leave will automatically reflect in the system, which will, in turn, bring in accountability. No manual monitoring is required,” he said.

Before the system was put in place, new employees and employees who had lost their identity cards were directed to secure new ones before December 15. This was to ensure that all employees could register their attendance. Employees who come late for duty three days in a row will lose one leave from now on.

The system will be introduced in all government offices and directorates across the state over the next six months.

Over 5000 employees work at the Secretariat.

SPARK, an e-governance software was developed by the National Informatics Centre and introduced under the Finance Department in 2007 to digitize HR services and the salary data of employees.

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Quelle/Source: The News Minute, 01.01.2018

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