NEW DELHI: “Come to office on time or you will be marked absent,” Union Urban Development and Housing and Poverty Alleviation Minister Venkaiah Naidu told his staff on Monday and directed installation of bio-metric attendance system in the offices of the ministries under his charge.
Naidu, who did a ‘punctuality check’ at the Nirman Bhawan on Monday, found around 80 officials ‘missing’ in office. He noted that a large number of personnel in the lower rungs like section heads and supporting staff, did not report for work on time. Ministry officials said that the names of nearly 80 employees who were late had been noted down. Despite earlier warnings, these employees had not mended their ways, said an official.
Naidu reached his office at 9 am and from 9:10, he took over an hour going around the various floors of Nirman Bhawan, where the offices of the ministries and that of the Urban Development are located. “He has been focusing on punctuality and directed officials to install bio-metric attendance system to mark attendance in these ministries,” an official said.
Naidu directed that necessary and immediate action be taken against those reporting late for work. Attendance registers were to be withdrawn 15 minutes after the reporting time.