The Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agriculture, Science and Technology Kashmir (SKUAST-K) in Srinagar is continuing with the biometric attendance of employees against the government order.
Employees at the University told The Kashmir Walla that the administration has been asking them to continue with the biometric attendance that “has put their lives at risk” given a spike in the spread of Covid-19 infection cases.
“University authorities have linked the release of biometric attendance with the release of salary despite guidelines from the government to avoid biometric attendance for all employees,” they said.
On 3 January following a resurgence in Covid-19 infection cases across India, Union Minister Jitendra Singh informed that the biometric attendance for government officials is being suspended.
Singh further said, “in view of the rise in Covid-19 cases, the biometric attendance for government officials and employees is being suspended with immediate effect, till further orders.”
While talking to The Kashmir Walla a senior official at SKUAST-K said that they were mulling to replace the biometric attendance.
“Authorities at the university are going to take a decision in this regard today in view of the Covid-19 guidelines,” an official said.