The Government of India has launched attendance.gov.in – an initiative that makes the attendance records of central government officials public. In fact, the website shows real-time information of all biometric attendance of employees!
The dashboard of the site shows the total number of employees that are present today in office and also the total number of organizations that are registered for this biometric attendance.
One can then filter down to see the list of organizations and how many employees of those organizations are present in office on that day.
In fact, the website takes the concept of transparency to a whole new level by listing the names of all individual employees and even showing their attendance time and the time they leave the organization!
How is this all made possible? By integrating Aadhaar cards and biometric devices installed in central government offices! Every central government office is expected to submit their request for registration on the portal. After this, they are required to submit the list of their employees and then install the biometric devices at their entry points. Once the employees are registered on the portal, they can sign-in to their offices via these biometric devices at their offices which work on detecting fingerprints/irises.
As per this FAQ section on the site, 1 biometric device is required for around 50 employees of the organization. We believe this is a great use of technology to improve governance and to drive accountability amidst government employees! Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.