Workers sacked for hacking biometric machines
01 February 2019 16:26 GMT

Sanitation workers in India's Hyderabad city were sacked on Wednesday after authorities found that they were using ‘synthetic’ fingerprints to fool a biometric attendance system that was in place at the office of the municipal authority.

Viswajeet Kampati, Director of the Vigilance & Enforcement wing told reporters that they had received a lot of complaints from various sources alleging irregularities in the attendance of sanitation workers, reported TNM. 

“Based on the information and as per the directions of the GHMC Commissioner, the Vigilance & Enforcement deployed six teams, which visited, inspected and enquired in two areas each, thereby covering 12 areas including Charminar, Kukatpally, Moosapet, Malakpet and L B Nagar,” a press release from the GHMC stated.

The newspaper added that officials said that they found some of the Sanitary Field Assistants (SFA) using synthetic fingerprints and caught 17 SFAs red-handed while they were committing different irregularities. While 9 were using synthetic fingerprints, 8 others were found committing other irregularities.

“Around 84 synthetic fingerprints along with biometric machines have been seized from them. A detailed report has been prepared which will be placed before the GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore to initiate further necessary action,” the Vigilance & Enforcement Director told reporters.