Punjab

Sukhbir launches e-stamping, e-registration in 6 districts

January 21, 2015 11:11 AM

MOHALI : Punjab government on Tuesday launched a historic, people-friendly initiative to remove malpractices in land registrations with Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia jointly inaugurating a unique e-stamping and e-registration project conceived to end harassment of applicants and also make revenue transactions safe and secure in the state.

The initiative, which was conceived and custom-built for the requirements of Punjab under the guidance of Majithia, will also bring efficiency and transparency in the working of the Revenue Department, which will now be able to do online reconciliation of its transactions on a daily basis.

Speaking on the occasion after launching the e-stamping project from sub-registrar’s office in Mohali, the Deputy Chief Minister congratulated the Revenue Department for the people-friendly step and said that the government would introduce e-registration in the next six months to compliment this measure. “E-registration coupled with e-stamping will result in complete computerisation of the Revenue Department,” he said.

Sukhbir announced that by July this year, all government-to-government (G2G) interaction and government-to-citizen (G2C) services will be provided online and Punjab will be the first state to do this.

He disclosed that besides computerisation of district offices, the state government would establish sewa kendras in all rural and urban areas. “These sewa kendras will provide 249 citizen-centric services within a given timeframe and remove corruption automatically. Moreover, citizens can even get all services by going online and need not go to anyone after July,” he divulged.

“This is above all a pro-people initiative,” said Majithia while briefing the gathering about the e-stamping project. He said that the project had been conceived to make it easy for the common man to buy or sell property. “You will now be able to deposit the stamp paper fee at thousands of branches of various banks near your place of work or residence,” he informed, while claiming that with this, the people would now be able to deposit the exact fee in stark contrast to being forced to buy stamps of more denomination than needed due to lack of availability and creation of artificial scarcity.

Further explaining the positive transformation, which has taken place in the Revenue Department with the launch of this initiative, the Revenue Minister said, “Now, there will be no lines for procuring stamp papers or any middlemen. The common man can deposit the stamp fee through a wire transfer, a draft or even a cheque.”

He also explained that this facility would now be available without any extra cost. “In fact, the public will get some relief as they will no longer have to pay commission charges to the bank responsible for issuing stamp papers, as was happening till now. The new initiative has many advantages to its credit,” Majithia said.

 

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