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New Delhi: The central government on Tuesday launched a website through which people can monitor the attendance of government employees in real time, a move that is aimed at increasing transparency and accountability.

The website attendance.gov.in uses an Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system to track employees from the cabinet secretariat to Border Road Organization and provides a graphical representation of attendance in real time.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken about the work culture of government staff in his Independence Day speech. Modi said newspapers were publishing stories about government officials arriving at office on time: “If that makes news, it shows how low we have fallen".

“In order to fulfil the aspirations of the masses, we have to sharpen the tool called government machinery, we have to make it keen, more dynamic, and it is in this direction that we are working," he had said.

The government has launched the attendance system as part of its Digital India programme. To start with, it has decided to implement a common Biometric Attendance System in central government offices in Delhi.

Employees mark attendance through biometric terminals installed at various central government offices. A six-digit attendance ID is generated from an Aadhaar number. Employees then enter the attendance ID on the screen of the biometric terminal and use the finger print scanner for authentication.

So far, 148 central government organizations have opted for the system while fewer than 50,000 employees have registered for it.

The implementation of the system is a work in progress and all employees are yet to adopt the system. For example, out of 300 staff in the cabinet secretariat, only 214 have registered for the Aadhaar-based system.

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Updated: 08 Oct 2014, 12:09 AM IST
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