Biometric attendance system in PCMC still awaits govt approval

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The State government will have to amend the act governing the rules about attendance systems to effect the resolution moved by the PCMC.

Pimpri: The BJP is unable to implement a resolution concerning the biometric attendance in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). 

The resolution, which was passed in the General Body, was sent to the State government for approval, which is still pending. Therefore, the system still remains on paper and corporators have to sign a register even after a year of the proposal being passed. Meanwhile, the State government will have to amend the act governing the rules about attendance systems to effect the resolution.

For the first time in the history of the municipal corporation, the ruling BJP decided to discipline corporators. It had decided to take thumb impressions and face-recognition through the biometric method. The proposal was forwarded by the BJP leaders to the then municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare. It was first approved in the General Body and sent to the State government for approval. 

The General Body and other subject committees function according to provisions of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act. Meetings are held as per provisions of the Additional Rules for Conduct of this Act. However, in these rules, there are no details concerning the attendance of meetings. Hence, the attendance of the members is marked in a register. This method is followed in all civic bodies.

The ruling party had also decided to have a ‘dress code’ for all corporators and civic officers of the PCMC. However, the resolution was cancelled after the opposition parties’ corporators opposed it.

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