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e-seal on property deals

Ranchi, Dec. 21: The state government today formally launched e-stamps in Ranchi district, ushering in transparency in land and property deals.

State registration minister Annapurna Devi, who did the honours at a city hotel, dedicated the much-awaited e-stamp facility that will replace existing stamp papers to citizens. Payment Gateway System was also unveiled to curb forgery and protect unsuspecting customers from scamsters.

The minister said the new system would ensure speed as well as transparency in property dealings. “Existing stamp paper vendors need not worry either. We will provide them licences for e-stamps,” she said, adding that it would be extended to the remaining 23 districts within three months.

Chief secretary R.S. Sharma, principal secretary (IT) N.N. Sinha, secretary (registration) Satendra Singh, among others, were also present.

Elaborating on the new system, Singh said registration offices would now use computer-generated applications to put state seal on land and property documents. While the facility is user-friendly, the government will get registration fees without any glitches.

The government has already appointed Stock Holding Corporation of India for implementing the project.

“The agency, in turn, will appoint agents, mainly banks, from where people will buy e-stamps of required denominations for registration. Later, individual entrepreneurs, like existing lot of stamp vendors and others, will also be roped in on a commission basis,” Singh explained.

The Payment Gateway System will allow the public to verify online details of any property, like plots, flats etc., to know ownership status, before any transaction. To see the deed of a particular property transaction, one needs to pay Rs 50. One can also download the deed certificate at a rate of Rs 30 per page.

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