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Day 12 of stamp stir

Ranchi, April 12: With the state government taking no steps to roll back its decision to introduce e-registration and e-stamps, stamp vendors and deed writers of the capital staged a dharna outside registry office today as a part of their 12-day-old indefinite agitation against the move.

The stir, launched by Jharkhand State Stamp Vendors Association and Jharkhand State Deed Writers Association started on April 1, when the new system was introduced.

The new system involves depositing money with Canara Bank prior to the registration of the documents, unlike the earlier norm when litigants bought stamps after the papers were prepared. In the new system, if there is an error in the deed, registration process is impeded and deposited sum will be difficult to retrieve.

Coordination committee member of Jharkhand State Stamp Vendors Association Amit Kumar explained that the new system would inconvenience litigants.

“The bank insists that the payment be done through net banking or an account. So, a person in need of stamps will be coerced to open a bank account or indulge in net banking, a not-so-convenient option for the illiterate population in these areas,” he said.

Kumar added the strike was being observed across the state and work in registry office had come to a standstill. “The government is suffering a loss of Rs 2 crore daily on an average due to this stir,” he claimed.

Rajesh Kumar, an advocate and a member of Ranchi District Bar Association, which is supporting the strike, said the new system was cumbersome. “People will be harassed and would be stuck in documentation rather than getting the actual work done,” Rajesh said.

Registration department secretary Satender Singh, who is currently in Assam on poll duty, said they were trying to work out a solution.

“My subordinates in the capital are trying to figure a way out,” he said.