VMC launches iris-based attendance system for staff

VMC Commissioner G. Veerapandian checking the iris-based attendence system in Vijayawada.- PHOTO: BY ARRANGEMENT  

A complaint that the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) regularly gets from residents is sanitary workers skipping their duties and not clearing garbage. Yet, at the end of the month, majority of workers record 100 per cent attendance in corporation registers.

Apart from skipping duties and managing their attendance, there are other irregularities in the existing manual attendance system used by the corporation. Employees also swap duties with one person signing the attendance register for the other. Rising to the occasion, the VMC is now using Aadhaar based iris scanning technology to record attendance. Under the new system, which was launched last week, officials scan the iris of employees and link it with their Aadhaar numbers.

To begin with, the new system is being implemented for sanitary workers and health section employees. The VMC procured 55 tablets and Iris scanners and distributed them to sanitary inspectors in all divisions.

Armed with a tablet and IRIS scanner, the sanitary inspector will now scan the iris of a worker, and the bio metric app in the tablet links it with Aadhaar card to check for authenticity. The new system also comes with GPS-enabled feature, which helps in identifying the locality where the attendance is recorded. The entire process is completed in just three seconds.

In all, there are 6,130 employees attached to the VMC, of whom 4122 belong to the health and sanitary section. “In a fortnight, all employees will be marking their attendance under the new system,” said VMC Commissioner G. Veerapandian.

For employees and workers who lack Aadhaar cards, the corporation is also making arrangements for them to get the cards.

In addition to checking bogus attendance by employees, it helps in keeping a tab on their work in the designated areas. All details are then uploaded on the website , he said.

Under the new system, officials scan the iris of employees and link it with their Aadhaar numbers

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