Srinagar: The government on Wednesday asked its workforce to enroll in the Aadhaar based biometric system (ABBS) by or before March 31, failing which salaries will not be released in April, and onwards.
The government, under Governor’s rule since January 8, has already announced a switch over to ABBS for ensuring punctuality and discipline in attending offices by all functionaries, irrespective of their rank. The ABBS is aimed at providing hassle free and ‘leakage free’ distribution of benefits to various sections of public and to promote transparency and efficiency in the government system.
Accordingly, the government has ordered that all government employees and persons drawing wages, honorarium etc, shall enroll themselves in the ABBS.
“No salary or wages would be drawn in favour of government employees of any category for the month of March 2016 onwards unless they have enrolled themselves in (ABBS),” reads an order issued by the Commissioner Secretary Finance.
The directions, the order said, also apply to PSU employees, contractual, consolidated, casual workers or any other type of persons drawing wages in any form from the public exchequer.
All DDOs have been asked to ensure enrolment in the system before March 31 and furnish a certificate along with the salary/wage Bill presented in the treasury. The treasury officers have been asked not to entertain any salary or wage bill without it.
From April 1 onwards, the marking of attendance in the system has been made compulsory for all categories of employees and wage earners. Similarly, pensioners have been asked to enroll themselves by obtaining an Aadhaar number by March 31, as this would help them to digitally identify themselves in the future at the nearest Common Service Centre or Khidmat Centre or any other place which has the system installed: “They would not be required to physically present themselves before the prescribed authorities to prove that they are alive. This initiative is being undertaken as a part of Jeevan Parnam Scheme.”
The government has also decided that all persons drawing benefits like old age pension, widow pension, student scholarship, stipend, honorarium, wages under MGNREGA or any other similar cash benefits from the government would need to enroll themselves in ABBS initially and mark their continued eligibility periodically as decided by the concerned department by presenting and marking themselves before the concerned authority.
The order also announced that the concerned departmental officers will be responsible for getting enrolled all such beneficiaries in the system for their identification, without which they would not draw any benefit after April 1.
The government has also issued a detailed format for providing Aadhaar details to be submitted to concerned DDOs.
“All administrative secretaries and HODS within their departments and deputy commissioners in their respective jurisdictions shall be responsible for compliance of the instructions,” the order added.