HYDERABAD: The implementation of Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation for health and sanitation workers has earned a monthly saving of Rs 2.86 crore to the Corporation. The attendance system through hand-held PoS-based devices has put a check on unauthorised absence of workers and weeded out fake and duplicate sweepers.
GHMC is said to be first urban local body in the country to implement the AEBAS system, though many corporations and municipalities in the country have been using biometric system which are not linked with Aadhaar.
The civic body employs around 21,500 workers comprising sweepers, entomology and health staff. However, under the manual attendance system, staff found it easier to skip duty yet get paid but after the introduction of AEBAS from April, unauthorised absence from work has become a thing of past.
GHMC officials told Express that to keep a check on the irregularities in the attendance of GHMC sanitation staff, the corporation started implementing AEBAS through hand-held PoS-based devices this year onwards. Subhead AEBAS helped the civic body in maintaining transparency and accountability in operations and weeded out fake, duplicate sweepers. Around 1,200 Aadhaar-enabled handheld biometric attendance devices are used for registering attendance of the staff.