The Indian government’s centralized attendance monitoring website to monitor and track the work of all central government employees, attendance.gov.in, which was launched as ‘work in progress’ in early September, is now live.
The website is using a free and open-source template created by Almsaeed Studio which is available on GitHub, as indicated by this Medium post. (Hat-tip: Rohin Dharmakumar) There also seems to be a lot of sloppy coding on the site. Read more here.
How it works: To register, organizations have to upload a signed request by the head of the department and submit details of the nodal officer on the website, which is then verified by the back-end administrators. On verification, the nodal officer is sent an email with details which can be used to create a master list of locations of offices, designations and division or groups with the organization, on the website.
Employees of the organization then go through a similar verification process using their Aadhaar number, without which, registration is not possible. Attendance is then verified using a six-digit number generated from the employee’s Aadhaar number via a biometric scanner, which then uses a fingerprint scanner to confirm authentication. For the attendance system to work, network connectivity is essential, hence two types of connectivity options are being planned, a SIM-based GSM connected tablet and a Wi-Fi connected to NICNET/broadband systems.
The website itself is aimed at increasing accountability and transparency at government agencies. As such, the website directly takes a user to the dashboard which lists the number of registered organizations, registered employees, employees present today and active attendance devices. The dashboard details various other interesting real time graphs and charts including a minute by minute employee attendance graph, a chart detailing employee registration, a day-to-day breakdown on authentication response among other things.
The website also features an Employee Corner for employee registration, searching employees or logging in, a Reports section detailing registered employees, employees present today and device details, and an option for organizations to login or register itself. It also has an FAQ section detailing various aspects of the project.
Currently, attendance.gov.in has 148 government organizations registered with around 50,000 registered employees and 721 biometric terminals. Interestingly, at the time of writing, only 24,655 employees were present while only 483 of the biometric terminals were online.