government, India, time-and-attendance

Now those are some scare quotes I can get behind.

Biometric attendance ‘fails’ at BMC offices (Financial Express)

Despite efforts to make attendance tracking more transparent, within just a year, the BMC’s bio-metric attendance system has proven to be a dud.

According to the response to an Right to Information (RTI) query filed by citizen Sharad Yadav, of the 1,081 bio-metric attendance machines installed in the civic body’s offices across Mumbai, just about 300 are functional.

The current market rate for these machines ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 per machine.

I’m curious about what’s going on here: Weak management? Lack of tech support? Poorly chosen vendor? There could be a lot of reasons for failure, but it’s not like biometric time-and-attendance is rocket science. At this point it’s pretty well understood.

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