New Delhi: Late comers beware! Grappling with the problem of 50 per cent of its employees turning up late for work, the Home Ministry has warned its staff of strict disciplinary action if they do not become punctual.
After assuming charge of Home Ministry, the then Home Minister P Chidambaram had introduced biometric attendance system in 2009. In the past few months, it was seen that on an average only 50 to 60 per cent of the staffers reported at 9.30 AM and despite some action against habitual defaulters, the situation has not improved.
There are around 1,150 officials working in the Ministry.
"It has also been observed that some staff wilfully do not register their attendance in the system, either in the morning or evening or both. This is unacceptable and therefore, there is a need for making a concerted effort to improve punctuality, and hence the discipline," an office memorandum of the ministry said.
All Joint Secretaries have been asked to direct the section heads to monitor the biometric data regularly and find out the habitual defaulters who either do not mark attendance in the biometric system, report later than 9.30 AM more than five times in a month or leave the workplace early and having deficit exceeding 10 per cent of the total working hours in a month.