Biometric attendance for Central Government employees will resume on November 8th, according to the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, employees were previously exempted from biometric attendance until June 30, 2021. "The attendance of Central Government employees with reduced staff, staggered timings and exemption to certain categories of employees from attending offices, which were in force up to 30.06.2021 were issued," the Union Government has earlier said in an Official Memorandum (O.M) dated 14.06.2021.
The Personnel Ministry had previously stated in an Official Memorandum (O.M) dated 14.06.2021, that "the biometric attendance would continue to remain suspended and physical attendance registers maintained until further orders."
However, the Personnel Ministry has further claimed that the above-said matter has since been reviewed and it has been decided to resume biometric attendance for all levels of employees with effect from Monday 8th November 2021.
The system of Biometric Attendance shall be followed in accordance with instructions listed below according to the department of Personnel Ministry:
- Physical distancing of six feet must be maintained by all employees while marking their attendance. If required, additional biometric attendance machines may be installed to avoid overcrowding.
- All employees shall wear mask/face covers, at all times including while waiting to mark their attendance.
- All employees may sanitize their hands before and after marking attendance.
- Meetings, as far as possible, shall continue to be conducted on video-conferencing, and personal meetings with visitors, unless necessary in the public interest, are to be avoided.
- All Officers/Staff shall strictly follow the COVID-appropriate behavior at all times in offices.
- Sanitizers are mandatorily placed beside biometric machines and all employees sanitize their hands before and after making attendance.
- As far as possible, designated personnel should be deployed near biometric stations to clean/wipe the touchpad/scanner areas of biometric scanners frequently. Such personnel will also guide employees to maintain COVID-appropriate behavior while in the queue.
- As far as possible, an adequate number of biometric stations should be placed in an outside/open-air environment. If indoor, adequate natural ventilation must be maintained.
- All offices shall undertake orientation of the employees on precautions to be followed.