Kochi: Secretariat employees are facing a major challenge after the government made biometric attendance compulsory from January 1. In order to avoid loss of pay from late entry, employees who depend on train services, have demanded the timing to be rescheduled according to the duty time. Hence, they have asked for an early departure of Vanchinadu and inter-city trains.

Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram Vanchinadu Express depart from Ernakulam South station every morning at 5 am and arrive at Thiruvananthapuram at 9.55 am. The employees need 15 minutes to reach the secretariat from the railway station.

The delay of the train will affect the employees. If an employee reaches late for three consecutive days, the salary will be deducted.

Compared to bus, season ticket of train is more affordable. So employees complain that the journey to office will be more expensive if they choose bus service.

Large number of employees are depending on the intercity express via Alappuzha from Guruvayur. The train which arrives at Alappuzha station at 6.27 am will reach Thiruvananthapuram at 9.45 am. If railway reschedules this train, it will be helpful for the secretariat employees.

All Kerala Rail Users Association have put forward the demand to the concerned authority after biometric attendance system was made compulsory in various offices, including secretariat.

“Train services, including Vanchinadu and Intercity, has to arrive at Thiruvananthapuram at 9.30 am. Hence the train time should be rescheduled accordingly. Ther time of Kollam passenger should be advanced for the employees in private sector. We have pointed out these demands in the petition to the railways,” said All Kerala Railway Users Association President Paul Manvettam and General Secretary Manoj Thomas.