December 20, 2012 -
This system has been implemented after reports of appalling sanitation conditions and numerous complaints from city councillors about inadequate staff to clean the city. Biometric devices will be installed in phases over the next few days.
According to the Times article, many councillors have alleged that contractors are using non-existent “ghost employees” to maintain sanitation systems.
“While on paper they show they have around 300 employees, in reality those does the job are only around 50. The agency owners get fake thumb impressions to show that all 300 are working,” a city official told the Times of India. “In order to check this we have installed this device and all the employees have to mark their attendance through it. If they fail to do so, they will not get their salary.”
As reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, biometric workforce solutions are being deployed widely across both the public and private sector. A government office in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, has introduced a fingerprint-based system to track attendance, though there have been reports of a fault in the machine allowing ‘buddy-punching.’