Suvidha centre at the mini-secretariat is charging Rs 30 for the application form for driving licence that actually costs Rs 4.16, including file cover.
Moreover, the employees at the suvidha centre have been denying accepting forms available on websites of the Centre and state government.
The district transport officer said he had not received any written orders from the transport department or deputy commissioner (DC) that only forms being sold at suvidha centre would be accepted.
Gurdeep Singh Alag, president of the Ludhiana Charitable Trust, had filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act about the cost of application form.
In reply to the application, the public information officer at the district transport office said there were no orders from either the DC or the government that only application forms being sold at the suvidha centre shall be accepted.
Alag said contrary to its name and motive, the suvidha centre had been fleecing people in the name of giving time-bound services. “One page of application form (with one side printed) merely cost 28paisa to the suvidha centre. Two-side printed form costs 35paisa to the centre and a file cover is for Rs 2.9. A set of application form for driving licence contains two one-sided printed and two forms printed on both sides and a file cover that actually costs Rs 4.16 to suvidha centre.”
Earlier, the suvidha centre was charging Rs 70 for this form. When the trust had initiated a drive against fleecing, the centre had cut short the price to Rs 30,” Alag said.
He said the suvidha centre was liable to accept driving licence form available on websites, but the suvidha centre employees denied accepting them.