Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority to install biometric workforce management system

February 27, 2013 - 

The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) is set to install a biometric workforce management system in March, in an attempt to curb employee absenteeism.

“For the past few days, the biometric attendance system has been implemented on a trial basis,” unnamed CMDA sources told the Deccan Chronicle. “The scheme is aimed at improving the efficiency of the staff and streamline the attendance process.”

According to the report, the company tasked with the installation is not known, though the system will be installed at the entrances of all wings of the CMDA office. Employees will have to submit to a fingerprint scan when entering or leaving the office.

“The system will help identify personnel who are irregular to work and leave the office before working hours close without the consent of divisional heads,” the unnamed CMDA official said. “It will also decrease the habit of late coming which will, in turn, increase efficiency, besides quantifying an irregular individual.”

The system, to be launched March 1, is similar to many workforce management systems being installed today.

Reported previously in, these systems are not always deployed without a hitch and often are met with resistance.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has also implemented a similar workforce management system, though the machines have proven themselves to be prone to buddy punching.

The Margao Municipal Council in Goa has also decided to implement a biometric workforce management system, though objections have been raised by the union representing municipal council employees. During a meeting between MMC and the union, it was determined that the system would be implemented, though grievances must first be rectified.

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