After a long wait of nearly two months, the printing of registration certificates (RCs) and driving licences (DLs) finally started at Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) here on Tuesday.
RLA officials said the Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC), service provider of the smart cards on which RCs and driving licences are printed, restored the supply of smart cards on Tuesday following which printing work began in full swing.
Anil Prashar, centre head of SPIC, said 50,000 smart cards were supplied to the RLA on Tuesday, which was enough to take care of its existing backlog as well as future demand of the cards at least till June.
As reported by HT on Monday, the work of issuing RCs and driving licences to applicants remained standstill since February.
Due to unavailability of the smart cards, over 20,000 RCs and driving licences are pending for printing and the number is adding by roughly 500 applications per day.
An official requesting anonymity said, “We are expecting to clear the current backlog within next two weeks.”
He, however, asserted that it would take some time to smoothen up the delivery system of the RC and driving licences since the backlog had put a lot of pressure on the existing infrastructure.
“Currently, the applicants are given the delivery date of RCs and driving licences 30-40 days due to the whopping backlog and it will at least two-three weeks before things become normal, he added.
Several people in the city have, however, questioned the peculiar relationship between the RLA and SPIC.
City- based advocate Ajay Jagga said, “When the RLA is capable of procuring the smart cards on its own, then why SPIC has been given charge of procuring the cards on RLA’s behalf ?”
“This arrangement is justified if SPIC could manufacture these cards. But it is just a service provider. It procures the cards through open tendering and then supplies it to RLA,” said Jagga, adding that this arrangement had created unnecessary additional channel and since SPIC had ditched the RLA many a times and delayed the supply of the smart cards, the RLA must start procuring its own supply in future.