Access control system in Kerala secretariat to monitor working hours of staff

R Sreejith | Mathrubhumi News

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government is gearing up to introduce a new system that could monitor employee attendance in the state secretariat. The system will verify whether the employees are working seven hours a day without fail.

An access control system will be installed in the secretariat to monitor and authorise the entry and exit of employees from the premises.

Meantime, organisations, including those of CPM, opposed the new initiative from the government. With its introduction, an employee will be marked as leave if he/she leaves the office premise for more than half an hour other than for official purposes.

Employees in the secretariat are tasked to work for seven hours a day. However, it was noticed that several employees take advantage of the existing system and work lesser hours. With the new monitoring system, employees will be allowed to leave the office premises only for official purposes.

Various employee unions have voiced their concern against its implementation. Currently, the secretariat only has a biometric attendance system.

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