Govt offices in Kerala to have Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system

The system will come into effect in six months’ time and even salary withdrawal will require Aadhaar number now.

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In all government offices of Kerala, Aadhaar-based attendance has been made compulsory. Within the next six months, all government offices in the state will have Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system installed. Henceforth, the Aadhaar number will be required by the employees to draw their salaries.

Simply put, in the absence of Aadhaar, the employees will neither get their salaries nor will their attendance be recorded.

The system will cover more than five lakh government officials in the state, including the employees of the secretariat and staff of government schools. Everyone, right from the peons and clerks to a secretary of state and even government school teacher will now have their salaries linked to the Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system. Kerala is the first state in the country to implement this practice.

This system will cost the state government a lot of money, as the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will be charging Rs 20 per authentication of e-KYC documents.

For a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ authentication .50 paise will be charged. Therefore, with 5.6 lakh government employees in the state punching in twice a day, the state government will be spending Rs 5.6 lakh daily for registering the attendance. The move has not received a unanimous approval since many feel it is financially impractical.

The rule seems to have taken everyone by surprise as it was neither discussed nor was it a cabinet decision.

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