Land registration in Jharkhand has dropped by 80% after Aadhaar cards (unique identity number) was mandated for land deals from February 1.
In an attempt to stop fake registration, Jharkhand government has made Aadhaar cards mandatory for both-buyers and sellers-in registration of land.
However, the devices installed in all registry offices of the state for authentication are failing to authenticate buyers, which has virtually brought the entire registration process to a standstill putting many, including NRI’s in a Catch-22 situation..
An official in the Ranchi registry office said a woman from Germany, who had bought a flat in Ranchi, had to return home empty handed on Friday, as the device could not authenticate her finger print. She had visited the office for registration of her flat.
She is not alone. Over 200 people had to return in last three days from district registry office in Ranchi without registering their property.
Pushkar Sahu, a deed writer in Ranchi registry office, said, “On February 2 after introduction of Aadhaar enabled system, only seven registrations were done, which reduced to four on Friday. It was seven on Saturday.”
Sahu, who is also the Jharkhand Deed Writers Association (JDWA) general secretary, said that state’s other registry offices are also in a similar situation.
“Daily registration has come down to 75-100 from 2000-2500 in 47 registration offices in the state after implementation of the system. If the government does not sort it out, hundreds of deeds writers across the state will face livelihood problems,” Sahu said.
Rahul Choubey, district subregistrar Ranchi, said, “We do not know the exact reason but there could be a glitch in the software. The device is authenticating very few people. Daily registration has dropped due to the problem.” He, however, said that the problem would be rectified in a day or two.
Revenue and land reforms department on Saturday asked district sub-registrars to detect the actual problem and inform the department.
A source said that the department is contemplating to install iris scanner in registry offices. Iris scans are considered to be the most accurate form of biometrics.