Chandigarh: Bureaucrats occupying the key posts in UT Administration have failed to fall in line the habitual late comers to offices as a result of which UT is taking a serious note and decided to penalise such late comers. The UT has decided to deduct salary of the late comers and also take disciplinary action against the defaulters. However, if a staff member is late for genuine reasons or with prior approval of senior officials, then the nodal officer has the discretion to excuse the late comer.
The administration has issued a directive to all departments asking to maintain punctuality, failing which disciplinary action would be initiated against them. Not only that, their salaries would also be deducted. The directive in this regard has already been issued with an aim to impart the sense of work culture at the UT Secretariat. The exercise to penalise the late comers will also be practised in the DC office as well as the UT Education Department office in Sector 9, Chandigarh.
UT Secretary (establishment) S B Deepak Kumar has appointed Promila Devi as the nodal officer to record the biometric attendance system (BAS) of UT Secretariat. He said that many such complaints of officials missing from their seats are being received from the general public.
Nodal officer will be preparing the daily report based upon the BAS of each official and submit with the Secretary Establishments office. The same will then be forwarded to the office of Finance and Planning (F&PO) recommending the deductions in the salaries of those found late.
All branch heads have also been directed to ensure that the staff in their office is prompted to report to work on time and clears the pending files as soon as possible. Also the branch heads will regularly issue circulars prompting the staff to improve the work culture in office.
The UT Administration had last year scrapped the manual attendance system replacing it
with bio-metrics attendance system. The instruments have been installed at all the floors of the UT Secretariat building along with allied offices.
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