Mumbai: Now, biometric attendance for BMC corporators too

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) wants to do away with the old method of marking corporator attendance in a register. Biometric attendance is already in place for civic staff and now the corporators too may have to follow suit. The mayor and deputy mayor will, however, be exempt from this attendance system. A proposal to this effect was tabled and approved by the mayor, Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, at the general body meeting on Thursday.

All 227 corporators will have to mark attendance through biometrics. Earlier, they did so by signing a register on their arrival at the BMC. Now, corporators must take care not to leave the office, refrain from skipping general body meetings or take a half-day or be absent, as this system of attendance will directly affect their allowances.

Apart from the salary and other perks, corporators get an allowance of Rs 150 for being present at every general body meeting. Corporators must attend a minimum of four general body meetings as per the BMC rules, but currently, it is difficult to assess the attendance being recorded, as it is done with physical signatures alone, without a mention of the time of arrival.“The biometric system will instil discipline in the corporators, compelling them to attend meetings,” said the leader of opposition, Ravi Raja, at the general body meeting.

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