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Maha Govt plans e-registration of leave and license agreements

Invites bid for selection of BOT operator, also in talks with banks for taking up registration

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Do your registration of leave and license agreement at your doorstep. The Maharashtra government has taken a decision to launch e-registration of these agreements without having to go physically to the sub registrar office (SRO). The stamps and registration department has initiated this move considering surge in the registration of leave and license agreements instead of actual purchase of flats especially in Mumbai, Pune and other towns in the state.

During 2011-12 well over 1 lakh leave and license agreements were registered in Mumbai compared to 97,600 in 2010-11 while 48,000 against 41,700 in Pune, 43,000 against 35,900 in Thane.

Registration of leave and license agreement is mandatory in Maharashtra and the period of leave and license ranges from 11 months to five years and even above.

The stamps and registration department has invited bids for the selection of BOT operators across the state to implement e-registration.

Besides, the department is in talks with various banks for taking up registration of various types of documents in their premises. If these talks come through, Banks may also decide to do e-filing and registration of mortgage by deposit of title deeds as well as leave & license by themselves.

The stamps and registration department has clarified that it is not mandatory for any citizen to take help of selected agency for e-registration or e- filing of document. Citizens can very well directly go to SROs, take help of advocates like they usually do now or do it completely by themselves.

State revenue minister told Business Standard “The move will bring in transparency and it will also help rise in revenue for the government. The department of registration and stamps along with NIC has developed a new application called e- Registration which would be a new facility for people’s benefit. As of now, a person has to go to an SRO to do any registration. e-registration application allows a person to do the complete registration process online without having to go physically to the office. Interestingly, e-registration application can be accessed through the internet from any place.”

The official explained that there would be three modes of service delivery for e-registration applications which include people can do e-registration on their own from their homes or internet cafes, successful bidder to provide e-registration service at citizen’s door step and successful bidder may also open outlets where citizens can walk in for e-registration.

“The successful bidder will have to establish help desk to assist usage of the application. Besides, the successful bidder will have to establish an industry standard call centre and provide a toll free number on demand door to door service. In case of special outlets for re-registration, it will be the sole responsibility of the successful bidder to make available all necessary hardware and infrastructure.

Ramesh Prabhu, chairman, Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association welcomed the state government's initiative saying that it would also help reduce red tapism and it would also lead to rise in revenue.

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