Civil servants given ultimatum over compulsory biometric registration

By Staff reporter | 10 Feb 2020 at 22:31hrs
GOVERNMENT has urged all civil servants to comply with the compulsory biometric registration or risk being struck off the payroll by month-end.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) embarked on the biometric registration to streamline its workforce and weed out ghost workers in August last year.

In a statement yesterday, PSC secretary Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe, who chaired Government's steering committee on biometric authentication, said civil servants' who have not complied with the extended deadline would be struck off the payroll at the end of the month. He said Government took all necessary measures to ensure that every employee is captured under the biometric registration process.

"This exercise was conducted from August 2019 to 31 September 2019 and was extended to 31 October 2019. The response on validation has been most encouraging. Government further extended the deadline to 28 February 2020. Verification and re-verification is part of the methodology being implemented to mitigate the consequences of error," said Ambassador Wutawunashe.

"Insistence by Government on confirmation and validation of employment of members whose data has been missing has realised a significant response. All members who remain non-compliant as at 28 February 2020 will be struck off the payroll. Please further note that the affected members should direct any issues arising through the Ministry."

He said the biometric registration process resulted in employees who were not captured biometrically acquiring new polythene Identity Documents (IDs) that are in sync with the system.

"The authentication process requires that every member on the payroll has biometric attributes in the Registrar General's data base. The Registrar General's Department has been capturing biometric attributes of citizens since the introduction of the new biometric compliant polythene Identity Document (ID) and during issuance of the new passport," Ambassador Wutawunashe said.

"Records of all members on the Salary Service Bureau payroll were subsequently analysed for biometric attributes in the Registrar General's database. The members who were found without the required attributes were notified and advised to go to their nearest Registrar General's office and be issued with the biometric compliant IDs."

He said the biometric registration marks the end of the first phase of streamlining civil service employees.

"Phase 2 will be the implementation of an Application Programme Interface (API) to enable the Salary Service Bureau payroll to authenticate all members to be paid with the Registrar General's database before every pay run," said Ambassador Wutawunashe.



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