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No bribe, brokers: Official’s voice plays out at registry office

People coming to the office are informed through a public announcement system to stay away from brokers who ask for bribe to get things done.

dehradun Updated: Feb 11, 2018 21:37 IST
Mohan Rajput 
Mohan Rajput 
Hindustan Times, Rudrapur
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The sub registrar office in Rudrapur. (HT PHOTO)

The registry office at Rudrapur, the headquarters of Udham Singh Nagar district in Uttarakhand, has launched an initiative to check corruption.

People coming to the office are informed through a public announcement system to stay away from brokers who ask for bribe to get things done. The sub-registrar advises people to contact him if someone asks for money.

“When I came here last month, there were many complaints about bribery and brokers. I took a meeting of the staff and decided to set up an announcement system on our premises to make people aware of corruption,” said Mahesh Dwivedi, in-charge of Rudrapur’s sub-registrar office.

“I recorded advice and warning in my own voice and started playing it through a loudspeaker. It has been placed on the rooftop and plays from 10am to 5pm every day,” Dwivedi said. “People are informed about fees for forms and pro-formas that are used in the registry process and asked to take receipts.”

People are told to meet the sub-registrar if someone asks for bribe to get their work done. “On an average, 15-16 registries are done every day here. Now, nobody asks for extra money beyond the actual fee; brokers have disappeared from the premises,” Dwivedi said.

Subhash Chhabra, former president of the district bar association, said, “I appreciate the initiative of sub-registrar against brokers; otherwise, this office had become an adda (den) of corruption. Rates were fixed for every work and document. There is some relief since Dwivedi took charge.”

Shashiprabha, a woman from a nearby village who had come to the office this week, said, “I don’t know what was the practice here earlier, but my work went smoothly. I paid fee and got receipt; no extra money was given for the work.”

District magistrate Neeraj Khairwal said, “Other than the sub-registrar office, our efforts are on to wipe out corruption at all offices. Honest officers will be appreciated and stern action will be taken against those found involved in corruption.”

First Published: Feb 11, 2018 21:37 IST