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Tiruchi railway division to instal biometric attendance system

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The office of the Divisional Railway Manager in Tiruchi will have Biometric Attendance System in place soon.

Aimed at checking latecomers, the new system is being introduced on the directive of the Railway Board, New Delhi.

The Board has instructed that the “Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System” (AEBAS) should be introduced for staff working at zonal headquarters offices, divisional headquarters offices and production units in the first phase.

Although the Railway Board had issued instructions as early as December 2014 for the introduction of AEBAS in select offices, including zonal headquarter office and divisional headquarter offices, the implementation of the system was tardy.

In a recent circular to the zonal railways and production units, the board said it had taken a serious view of the slow progress made with regard to implementation of AEBAS. Besides, it also issued instructions that a progress report should be sent immediately thereafter.

In accordance with the board’s direction, the process of putting in place the biometric attendance system has been given a thrust at the Tiruchi divisional headquarter office.

Railway officials here told The Hindu that some gadgets required for the implementation of the new system had already arrived, while the remaining were expected soon. The devices to be procured under the new system would be of two types – one attached with the computer and the other wall mounted.

A majority of the devices to be used at the office of the Divisional Railway Manager here would be wall-mounted, said the officials.

Staff attached to various departments functioning under the divisional headquarters office campus is nearly 1,000. There are 12 departments, including Commercial, Operating, Signal and Telecommunication, Claims, Accounts, Engineering and Security.

The biometric attendance system would be in place by mid-December, and a report post-implementation would be sent to the Railway Board, the railway officials said. All officers would also be covered under the new system.

Over 75 machines would be installed under the systemwithin the sprawling divisional headquarter office premises situated adjoining the Tiruchi railway junction. The officials said other offices coming under the control of the Tiruchi division would be covered under Phase 2.

The circular also made it clear that the AEBAS should be integrated and implemented in such a way that the status of biometric machines and attendance at the divisional level should be accessible by the Divisional Railway Manager’s office.


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