The first day of strike by service providers and lawyers of registration department affected the daily schedule of the office as only 56 registrations of documents took place in Indore on Tuesday. Usually, 150 to 200 documents are registered in a day.
Collector P Narahari said that the strike was illegal but it would depend on Bhopal to decide on what action, if any, will be taken against the service providers.
“What they are demanding is an end of e-registry, which is unacceptable. E-registry is the need of the hour and whatever lacunae in the software is being sorted out,” the collector said.
The registration department officials had made special arrangements to counter the strike.
All the sub-registrars - 22 in Indore - had been called at 8.30 am, more than an hour before the office opens to prepare for the day. An additional 22 computers had been hired so that sub-registrars could work simultaneously with the assistant of ‘Makers’ (who help in preparing the registries). However, the efforts did not amount to much.
Senior registrar US Bajpai admitted that there were fewer registries on Tuesday. “Things will improve as now most of the people come through service providers and lawyers, but more people will come once they know that they can approach us directly.”
Pramod Dwivedi, a lawyer who practices at the registration department, said all efforts of the administration had failed but senior officials were still not willing to recognise that there are many problems in e-registry and it should not have been implemented without a proper trial run.
He said the strike will continue and revenue of the government will suffer.