Attendance registers to be closed before 10 am
GUWAHATI: A tough time awaits the slackers at Janata Bhawan, the power centre of the State, as the SAD (Secretariat Administration Department) has asked the superintendents of all departments to close attendance registers before 10 am every day.
The timing of the Assam government's offices is from 9.30 am to 5 pm, without any break. It has come to light that a section of employees at Janata Bhawan come late, habitually. The responsibility of keeping vigil on the declining work culture in the State Secretariat lies with the SAD.
On November 12, 2020, SAD Commissioner-Secretary MS Manivannan called the superintendents of all departments in the State Secretariat and made them known in clear terms that they should ensure work culture in their respective jurisdictions for the service of the public. The Commissioner-Secretary was very specific when he said that "an employee can take causal leave only with the advance application, and not otherwise. Applying for casual leave after availing leave won't be allowed. Over telephone leave is allowed only in situations like medical or other emergencies". He made crystal clear to the superintendents that "the government will be tough on latecomers and those who remain absent from duty without intimation".
Talking to The Sentinel on Friday, SAD Commissioner-Secretary MS Manivannan said, "Since offices begin at 9.30 am, all superintendents will have to close attendance registers before 10 am and submit their reports to the SAD on a daily basis. Their reports should include the arrival timing of employees, with special reference to arriving late and remaining absent. The SAD will examine the reports. We're contemplating on introducing AADHAAR-based biometric attendance shortly."
Sources, however, said that the SAD is preparing a set of new guidelines, including attendance, for all Secretariat employees to follow.