Forget the long queues and harassment at revenue offices to get your property registered. Now, it would only take upto 45 minutes to receive your registered documents at the counter, as Punjab government has decided to set up "e-sub registrar" offices in different parts of the state.
Speaking to Hindustan Times after inaugurating 'patwar khana' here on Monday, revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, accompanied by Pawan Tinu, chief parliamentary secretary, revealed that Ernst & Young, a multinational professional company, was hired to set up requisite infrastructure in place at identified districts in first phase.
"The applicants will require filling property details including name and address of the buyer and seller on a dedicated web portal and online calculate stamp duty amount payable for property registration. Then applicants will be able to print a ticket about their appointment to visit e-sub registrar office," Majithia said.
Then on scheduled day, applicants would require carrying original documents at specially designed air-conditioned e-sub registrar office. "The applicant will get an electronic entry card at reception. Then he or she will enter registration centre after inserting the entry card at the door, as scanner will detect applicant's details to confirm visitor's identity. Then their original documents and proof of stamp duty payment will be verified at different counters step by step and a report will be generated and forwarded to the sub-registrar, who will sign the property registration deed. It will take a maximum of 45 minutes," he said, adding that the move would check property frauds and corruption in revenue offices.
The property registration would be integrated with potability clause as well. "The applicant will be at liberty to choose any of sub-registrar office in a district to get an early appointment. It will not be mandatory to get property registered at concerned office only. In case of rush at one office, applicant can choose the other," he said, adding that the proposed offices would have air-conditioned waiting halls, cafeteria and entertainment facilities like a restaurant.
To check frauds related to property ownership, the department was also planning to empanel surveyors, who would personally visit the property site and submit factual report to the sub-registrar. "Besides, geographic information system (GIS) map will be part of the registered document. This will check forgery," he quipped, adding that the Ernst & Young team was currently studying Karnataka and Maharashtra models in this regard.
The department has also hired Price Waterhouse Coopers and KPMG, renowned multinational companies, to scrutinise 1.5 lakh property registration documents in 12 tehsils to ascertain whether prescribed norms were followed in registering documents and to detect any stamp duty evasion. "We will not spare any official, found responsible for causing loss to state exchequer by not charging due fee," he said.
"We have also decided that the banks will directly inform the revenue office concerned in case a farmer avail agricultural loan by mortgaging the properties. We will make entries in revenue records and farmer will not require making rounds to tehsildar office for getting such work done," he said.
He said that the plans were afoot to increase sub-registrar offices at Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Bathinda and Mohali.