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Admin tightens noose around absentees
Scores of employees found absent in north Kashmir
6/23/2018 11:08:57 PM
Mohammad Tahir
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, June 23: Tightening the noose over absenteeism, the higher authorities have ordered for biometric attendance of all officials so that transparency and accountability could be made possible in all government offices.
Sources said that, there are clear cut directions from the higher authorities at civil secretariat that all employees should be dealt with iron hands if they were found absent on all working days.
However sources told Early Times that there are reports that many negligent officers have become habitual of remaining absent from offices during working hours and if the reports were found true, they would be dealt with iron fists.
Earlier the government of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Secretariat Finance Department had issued an order vide no: 228-F of 2018 dated 22/06/2018 which stated that biometric attendance has been made compulsory of all government employees/persons drawing salary wages, honorarium etc, said sources.
The order also said that, no salary or wages would be drawn in favor of the government employees of any category for the month of June/2018 onwards unless they have enrolled themselves in biometric system.
Sources here further said that, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir's issued a circular vide instructions no: DivCom/219-Gen/MSTL/Estt, Dated 21/06/2018 which states that the office has furnished the daily attendance report by 10:30 am daily.
Meanwhile it is learnt that Deputy Commissioners have constituted a team of officers to check the attendance of employees in various district on regular basis.
Today many employees were found absent in north Kashmir district, there are reports that ACR Kupwara and Tehsildar Kupwara on Saturday paid a surprise visit to many offices including Chief Medical Office Kupwara, Block Medical Office Kupwara, Exen PHE Kupwara, Exen I&FC Kupwara, Block Development Office Kupwara and office of REW Kupwara to check attendance of employees.
During the perusal of attendance register, 20 employees of the said offices were found unauthorized absent from their duties and were placed under suspension.
The ACR directed the concerned to deduct one day's salary for absence from duties of the said employees and credit the same to the account of District Red Cross Society.
DC Kupwara said that strict action as per the law should be initiated against the employees found unauthorisedly absent from their duties.
Whereas additional Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Farooq Ahmad Baba accompanied by ACR Bashir Ahmad Bhat and Tehsildar Baramulla Maeen Kakroo today made a surprise visit of various government offices during which 17 employees of different departments including Health, Education, Labour, Animal Husbandry, RDD, R&B, Agriculture etc were found absent unauthorizedly from their duties.
Taking a serious note of it, the ADC recommends the absentees to the concerned authorities for initiating necessary legal action.
On the occasion, the ADC said that similar inspections shall be conducted on routine basis so that the punctuality of employees is ensured. Meanwhile, he urged upon all employees to remain regular with their duties so that the general public may not face any inconvenience at government establishments.
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