Big Brother Modi is watching bureaucrats (Reuters)
“This is Big Brother stuff but very effective. It’s not just the central government. The state governments are trying to emulate this.”
The Prime Minister’s Office will also take part in the scheme, said Dash, although it was not clear whether Modi would be enrolled.
Project mastermind Sharma, who holds the rank of secretary at the government’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology, could not immediately be reached for comment. The Biometric Attendance System showed he had signed in at work at 13:55:16 p.m. on Thursday.
|Screen grab: attendance.gov.in|
Now, 59-year old Sharma is building an attendance system for India’s central government employees that is inexpensive, publicly available on the internet—and potentially, a simple tool that could revolutionise governance in the country.
The entire system is searchable, down to the names of individual central government employees, and all the data is available for download. And with that single step—making the entire platform publicly accessible—the government has introduced a level of accountability and transparency that India’s sprawling bureaucracy is unaccustomed to.