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India implementing biometric attendance system for government employees


India’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has implemented an Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system in 54 government centers in Delhi to monitor all employees entering and exiting the offices, according to a report by the Economic Times.

The biometric workforce management solution verifies the identities of employees via fingerprint scan to provide real-time access into the offices within two seconds.

The DeitY is rolling out the technology in 394 government organizations and agencies within the Delhi region while 300 of them have already begun implementing it, said DeitY joint secretary Ajay Kumar.

After the department implements the technology at central government offices in Delhi, it will expand it to other locations across the states in the future based on which state governments express interest.

The DeitY had initially planned to implement the biometric attendance system in Delhi by January 26, but the initiative is likely to take longer, said Kumar.

The Unique Identification Authority of India has begun installing kiosks in 90 government departments and offices to enroll employees who currently do not have a registered Aadhaar enrolment number which is required for the biometrics attendance system.

Directorate general of supplies and disposals in charge of buying inventory for government use would serve as the procuring agency for fingerprinting, although it has not yet establish rates for devices to be used in the attendance system.

In an effort to prevent any issues, the government is also installing 2 to 3 iris-based recognition devices in all offices. The iris-based devices would likely cost about Rs 3,500 while a fingerprint scanner will cost about Rs 2,000.

“As we move ahead, the cost of devices is also coming down. A 1,000 employee-base organization would typically require less than Rs 2-lakh for a transition to the Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS),” said Kumar, adding that DeitY would provide the software services for the devices to be procured through DGS&D.

Previously reported, The Unique Identification Authority of India recently said the number of Aadhaar numbers that are connected to bank accounts has reached 100 million.

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