Employees staying away from work ‘highly alarming’ in Secretariat

The government is losing more than 60% of the man-days, says a study

High level of absenteeism in the Secretariat is a cause for concern for the government.

A recent government study showed that more than one-third of the employees were absent in May.

As per the study, the average absenteeism is more than 36% in all the departments with the total touching 43% in the Secretariat in May, which is considered “highly alarming” given the permissible limit of 3.5% of leave reserve. The departments of the Backward Classes Welfare and the Public Enterprises stand first with the highest absent man-days of 61%. The Minority Welfare Department has registered the lowest absent man-days of 24%. The higher-ups are worried as the government is losing more than 60% of the man-days due to absenteeism. “In a way, it is affecting the functioning of the government and administration. It is the tax-payers’ money that is going into the drain,” commented a senior official who did not want to be quoted.

Shifting of employees

 

A majority of the employees haven’t shifted their families to Vijayawada or Guntur. They have been shuttling between Hyderabad and Amaravati. As a result, the Secretariat often turns empty by Noon on Friday and the employees turn up late on Monday. Also, one finds vacant tables in many offices in the Secretariat. The employees keep off their desks on one pretext or the other. The government has been insisting on full attendance while the employees keep demanding more benefits. As the government employees were not willing to relocate to Amaravati from Hyderabad, the government had showered boons, including five-day week, on them. Though the five-day week offer lapsed some time ago, the employees have mounted pressure on the government to renew it for another one year (up to 2018).

The State government is making a fresh bid to enforce full attendance in the Secretariat, this time with a biometric watch. The employees seem to be on the tenterhooks with the biometric attendance system and are resisting it, sources say. A senior official says: “The level of absenteeism is quite high. The government is contemplating taking corrective measures to improve the attendance.”

Secretaries of each department have been asked to analyse the reasons behind the absenteeism and take corrective steps.

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