Chennai: The Madras HC has recently directed the state government in taking a step. The Madras high court has ordered to implement a biometric attendance system using Aadhar to ensure the attendance of the teaching and non-teaching staff in government organizations.
The Aadhaar enabled biometric attendance system has already been implemented by the government of India, and by the high courts and by other public institutions across the country. After the government declared that it is not compulsory to have an Aadhar card, why has this step been taken?
Why Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System?
This initiative has been taken to ensure regular attendance of the teaching and non-teaching staff at educational institutions across India.
Apparently, the government was facing issues with teaching staff, that they were not treating the educational method in a serious manner. Some seemed to leave before their designated time, while some failed to show up. Such irresponsible behavior was seen by the government which awakened them to take this step forward.
The judge said they were forced to employ such a system, to avoid complaints that were arising against the faculty. The government is also of the opinion that this could be the only way that the person himself will verify their attendance.
Obey or leave, Said The High Court
After this policy was passed, R Annal a government teacher, objected on this implementation, as she has chosen not to make an Aadhaar Card. The Government of India, High Court, dismissed her objection saying, “Any better system by adopting the best technology, cannot be objected by a person, who is none other than the Teacher working in the School.”
The government also said that if the teacher did not have an Aadhaar number, she is required to register for one and attend school through the Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance system, as she is bound by the institute’s rules.
They added, “If she is not willing to undergo such system, which all are introduced by the Government in the public interest, then the petitioner has to take a decision, whether to continue in service or to leave the service.”
Which means, the government has made it compulsory for everyone to have an Aadhaar card, clearly contradicting its earlier decision.