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Sanitation staff trick GHMC’s biometric system

HYDERABAD: The central security businesses have been in for a surprise on Wednesday once they discovered that sanitation workers at Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) have been recording proxy attendance on biometric devices. This swindling of cash via Sanitary Field Assistants (SFAs) came to gentle weeks after GHMC won award for easiest innovation practices and development in civic body’s IT wing.

These SFAs created artificial fingerprints of sweepers, who have been handiest named on papers, to record proxy attendance on biometric machines. The artificial fingerprints costed less than Rs 10 and have been made via the usage of adhesive resin. Sources mentioned that the civic body officers have been knowledgeable about the similar via central security businesses.

The SFAs who're liable for making sure that all of the sweepers attend the process had saved seven to 8 artificial fingerprints with them. They have been recording proxy attendance of sweepers with those artificial fingerprints and have been drawing money from the civic body in the identify those sweepers.

The GHMC’s Enforcement, Vigilance and Disaster Management (EV&DM) wing officers stuck those SFAs red-handed and seized artificial fingerprints. The artificial fingerprints also had alphabets written at the back of it, hinting at names of the sweepers. Sources mentioned when the accused SFAs have been questioned, they named some officers from the civic body, together with assistant medical well being officials, who have been also ‘concerned’ on this scam.

“We pressed into service six groups who procured 84 artificial fingerprints from 9 SFAs. Apart from departmental inquiry, criminal instances will also be booked towards the accused,” mentioned Viswajit Kampati, EV&DM director, who used to be maintaining an eye fixed on sanitation division after a tip off.

On Wednesday, inspections have been carried out via EV&DM officers in Charminar, Kukatpally, Moosapat, Malakpet and LB Nagar space. During the inspections, 17 SFAs have been discovered in charge of recording proxy attendance, out of which nine SFAs have been the usage of artificial fingerprints. There are 18,000 sweepers in GHMC, monitored via 948 SFAs. Each sweeper is paid Rs 14,500 per month and each sanitary box assistant is paid Rs 16,000 per month.

The biometric attendance used to be offered to curb irregularities, however offenders even discovered some way out to cheat that approach. However, GHMC saved Rs four crore in a year after biometric attendance used to be offered. “We had raised objections when biometric attendance machines have been installed at mee seva centres and ration stores for recording attendance. The offenders can use those artificial fingerprints in any respect the ones puts where fingerprints are hooked up with vital knowledge,” mentioned Sundeep Kumar Makthala, global president, Telangana Information Technology Association.

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