Bahra University

To meet December 30 deadline to make service records of the state’s over 2.5 lakh babudom online, the “sensitive secret codes of government employees and offices have landed in cyber cafes across the state, who are making fast bucks from this windfall”.

Though in many district offices some “babus” know how to make entries, the volume of entries is so large and cumbersome that the “sagging work-shy babus have approached cyber cafes in many parts of the state to generate e-service records”.

Chief Secretary Rajwant Sandhu has directed all the departments to make the service records of each employee online by December 30, the day when the BJP government will incidentally complete four years in the office in the state.

The National Informatics Centre has developed a software and has given a code to each employee and each department to make the e-service records. The name of the project is the Personnel Management and Information System, which started in April this year. “It aims to give complete information of each government employee’s service records,

ranging from his pay scale, place and day of posting at each station to years in service, increments and educational qualifications,” officials said.

But the babus, especially in schools, have no knowledge of computer and many schools and departments even have no computers.

“To save time and energy, several babus collect Rs 200 each from employees and pay cyber cafes the money after giving them the secret codes as they do not know what cyber crime is,” sources said.

As a result, the employees’ service records have reached cyber cafes in different parts of the state from Sirmaur to Bhramaur and Jogindernagar to Shimla, the sources added.

The entries are full of errors and mischievous elements can fiddle with the sensitive service records as “all secret codes are known to certain cyber cafe owners” across the state, warned employees.

Rajwant Sandhu, who was in the town today to preside over the HP Census function, when quizzed on the sidelines, she told The Tribune, “You have brought the matter in my notice and we will initiate action if employees service records were being entered in cyber cafes. We have completed 80 per cent of the works to put the service records online and will meet the deadline.”

Sandhu said each department would verify the service records of each employee before putting it online.In Mandi district, over 80 per cent of the exercise was complete and they were getting records of all the departments for verification, Mandi DC Devesh Kumar said. Similarly, in Kullu district administration was verifying the entries and 80 per cent of the work was done, said BM Nanta, DC, Kullu.

Article is taken from The Tribune online publication