Thiruvananthapuram: From January 1, 2018, biometric attendance system or punching will be made mandatory for all staff at the Secretariat. The state government has issued an order in this regard.

The salary of those who refuse to comply with the rule will be withheld by the government.

General Administration Principal Secretary Biswanath Sinha has asked all the staff to get their biometric identity card before December 15.

They are also advised to wear the ID cards in a visible manner.