Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu directed introduction of bio-metric attendance marking system for the officers and staff of Rajya Sabha Secretariat.
The directions followed a surprise check of the Secretariat offices located in the Parliament House Annexe and its new extension. Senior officials of the Secretariat said that it was the first time that Chairman undertook such an inspection.
“An enabling work environment is a great motivator in enhancing productivity. All possible efforts need to be made to convey administration’s sensitivity and concern to the felt needs of the employees so as to promote a participatory work culture,” said the Rajya Sabha Chairman.
In a meeting with senior officials of the Secretariat after his visit, Naidu noted that he was aware of the work demands on the staff of Rajya Sabha even on holidays and beyond office hours, particularly, during Parliament Sessions. He noted that bio-metric attendance further promoted a sense of accountability and responsibility.
Naidu’s surprise check lasted for about 40 minutes, during which he visited various offices, common areas and rooms of Chairmen of Committees.
The Chairman also directed the senior officials to undertake a special cleanliness drive, ensure better maintenance, and digitise files and records. He also directed Joint Secretary level officers to undertake regular checks to ensure improvement in work environment.