Property papers a click away

Property papers a click away

The Stamps and Registration Department will now be able to issue encumbrance certificates by mid-September 2011.

It has been trying to get the encumbrance certificates online from any sub-registrar office for land located anywhere in the City since the inception of the Bhoomi land record registry,

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Inspector General for Stamps and Registration B Shivappa said: “We will be ready with the data to issue encumbrance certificates  by mid-September across all the 43 sub-registrar offices in Bangalore. With this facility, any citizen can approach the nearest sub-registrar office, no matter where his plot is located, to obtain the encumbrance certificates.”

According to the Revenue Department, the tedious process of digitising the data for encumbrance certificates is already under way across the State.

Lengthy procedure

“While there is a digitised record for all the documents of the past six years, prior to this, there is a whole lot of manual documents which have to be uploaded. It is a lengthy procedure which requires time,” said a Revenue Department official.

According to the official, the manual documents have been drawn a long time back which needed to be “deciphered” before they are digitised.

The department claims that there may not be any upward revision of the fee for obtaining encumbrance certificates .

“If anything, we will expect the fee, which varies for the period for which a citizen applies for an encumbrance certificate, to come down,” said the official.  

Documents for issuing the encumbrance certificate will be drawn from the Kaveri online project which is putting together the entire registration process together. According to officials, while the success of Kaveri project will help in getting the encumbrance certificates online, the manual documents scanning projects are yet to be completed.

Revenue Minister Karunakara Reddy confirmed that the encumbrance certificates will be issued online soon. “We are compiling all the data and it should be done quite soon,” he said. The minister admitted that there was considerable delay in implementing the online encumbrance certificate project. He reiterated that the prime reason for this was the digitisation of manual data.  

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