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Stamp stir hits court clerks

Judicial work was disrupted for the second day on Friday as stamp vendors continued their strike against the introduction of e-stamping and to press for more commission on sales.

Among the other demands before the district authorities were to limit the number of vendors, but hike the Rs 5,000 ceiling imposed on individual sales. They have also sought proper seating arrangements at the collectorate.

High court lawyer Saket Kumar elaborated on the inconvenience they were faced with because of the strike.

“Judicial work starts with filing of different types of petitions, applications and affidavits before the court. Such papers cannot be filed without a stamp, which is the source of income for the government from the court. As stamp vendors are on strike, stamps were not available and thus judicial work got affected,” he said.

M.K.Singh, an advocate clerk of the court, added that over 300 of them had no work on Friday as a result of the strike.

“In Jharkhand High Court, advocate clerks as supposed to process documents before filing it before the court. As there was no stamp they could not do any work and could not earn a single paisa,” he said.

Sampat Lal, secretary of Jharkhand State Stamp Vendors’ Association, said their strike would continue on Saturday as the purpose was to draw the attention of the authorities towards the problem.

“After the government started e-stamping with the help of Canara Bank, income of as many as 37 vendors, who earlier used to do business of Rs 12 lakh to 15 lakh every day across the city, have been drastically reduced,” he said.