Digital property registrations face resistance from document writers

The online platforms provide real-time tracking of registration progress, fostering transparency throughout the process

Tirupati: In a significant stride towards e-governance, AP government has initiated a pilot project to digitise the property registration process, revolutionising the way documents are prepared and registered. However, the transition has faced opposition from document writers, fearing potential loss.

As part of the new system, document writing and registration, including land dealings, are being digitised. Software developed for the purpose has already undergone a successful trial run recently.

Under the new system, the document gets generated once pertinent information regarding land or property is entered into the revenue department's online platform.

The software's draft document can be reviewed and modified before the final submission, ensuring accuracy and compliance. The online application is reviewed by sub-registrars before granting authorisation.

Payment can be conveniently made using e-stamping. All this leads to a seamless registration process. The system accepts digital fingerprints and photographs, enhancing the authenticity of submissions.

Despite the apparent advantages, transition to the digital system is facing resistance from document writers, who feel their traditional role is at risk. They have already announced a two-day strike in Chittoor district, saying the new system will render them unemployed.

Shankar Narayana, president of Chittoor District Document Writers' Association, along with secretaries D. Ravi and Hemachandra, said there is potential for errors in sale deeds, with increased risk of cheating in the online document system. The document writers have asked the inspector general of registrations department to reconsider implementation of the new process.

Officials, on the other hand, assert that the online document writing system accelerates property registration procedures, drastically reducing the time required for manual paperwork.

They claim that the automated systems significantly minimise human errors in document transcription, thereby ensuring more accurate records. Additionally, citizens can now access and submit their documents remotely, eliminating the need for physical presence and long queues.

The online platforms also provide real-time tracking of registration progress, fostering transparency throughout the process.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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