Fingerprinting to end honeymoon for govt staff

Updated 21 January 2014

Fingerprinting to end honeymoon for govt staff

Government employees may soon have to mark their attendance through biometrics, which may rob them of the luxury of coming late or even bunking work.
The proposal to have biometric attendance marking in all public departments was mooted by several monitoring agencies including the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha). The move is aimed at ensuring strict and timely attendance of government employees in various sectors.
The proposal, once implemented, would make it mandatory for all government employees including those working at ministries to mark their attendance through the fingerprinting process. The move comes after monitoring agencies found thousands of staff in various departments abstaining from work.
Nazaha believes that non-adherence to office timings by government employees is a form of corruption that affects work related to citizens and residents. “The government departments should get rid of the old system for recording attendance of their workers,” the proposal said.
At present, employees sign in registers, which can be fudged by others, or they could do it the next day. In many departments, employees sign in for absent colleagues or those who come in late.
Officials of the Control and Investigation Board found several cases of employees abstaining from work during their inspection tours of government offices.
In some departments, the number of employees absent from work was 24 percent of the total workforce. “This has affected the quality of work in these departments and delayed works pertaining to citizens and residents,” a source said.

Tadawul index records highest close since July 2019 on Sunday

Updated 30 November 2020

Tadawul index records highest close since July 2019 on Sunday

  • Total trading reached $3.17 billion

Saudi Arabia’s benchmark Tadawul All Share Index (TASI) rose 0.2 percent, or 15 points, to end at 8,709 points on Sunday, the highest closing since July 2019.

Total trading reached SAR 11.9 billion ($3.17 billion), with the advance-decline ratio at 146:44.

SPIMACO rose 5.5 percent to SAR 43.05. The company signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with German biopharmaceutical firm, CureVac, to provide COVID-19 vaccine in the Kingdom.

Electrical Industries closed 5.6 percent higher at SAR 24.26, as the firm completed the final phase of share buyback for SAR 7.2 million.

Naseej went limit up to close at SAR 33.

Oil giant Saudi Aramco fell 0.4 percent to SAR 35.75, while banking major Al Rajhi slipped 0.3 percent to SAR 74.

Blue chip SABIC edged down 0.3 percent to SAR 96.50.

Alandulas was the top decliner, shedding nearly 2 percent to SAR 21.08.

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