Aadhaar-linked attendance a must

Kolhapur: The state public health department has decided to introduce Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) in all the government-run hospitals across Maharashtra.

The state government has asked all the authorities concerned to ensure that all the hospitals are equipped with the new system by July 31. The officials of the Kolhapur Zilla Parishad (ZP) have already initiated steps in this regard and said all the primary health centres will soon have the system in place.

According to the government resolution (GR) issued by the public health department, it has been decided to implement AEBAS in all its government health institutes/facilities as part of the ‘digital India’ programme.

The system enables an employee to register attendance by presenting his/her finger print/iris, which is authenticated online by one-to-one matching with the biometric stored in the UIDAI database.

District health officer Prakash Patil said, “We have received instructions from the state government in this regard. We are taking steps to implement the order in all the primary health centres and other hospitals attached with the ZP.”

“We have asked all the employees to have their Aadhaar cards or numbers with them. We already use biometric machines to record attendance at every health office in villages. Now, we have to procure Aadhaar-enabled biometric machines and set them up at offices, which will have internet connection, and link with the website provided by the health department. All the public health personnel can register themselves through this machine by providing their Aadhaar numbers and other necessary details. The process will be completed within two weeks in Kolhapur district,” he said.

“One of the important benefits of this system is that the employee can mark his/her attendance from any health centre. The move will help in increasing the mobility of employees and their efficiency,” he added.Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) enables an employee to register attendance by presenting his/her finger print/iris, which is authenticated online by one-to-one matching with the biometric stored in the UIDAI database. The central government has introduced AEBAS in all its offices from November 21, 2014. In February 2016, the state government had linked the salary accounts and Aadhaar nos. of employees from the health department to start the system

Benefits of the system

* Employees can mark attendance from any of the health facilities having AEBAS

* Employees, officials and nodal officers can themselves login to the system and view their monthly/daily attendance of their own or their unit

* Availability of real-time attendance data

* The user can receive SMS regarding his/her attendance 

* Increases efficiency and accountability of officers