Engineers, real estate developers and builders have alleged that officials in the sub-registrar’s office harass them by citing obscure rules and delaying the process of registration.
In fact, many of the bond writers have boycotted work in a sign of protest, and have sought action against the officials. This standoff between the officials and those in the real estate sector is being seen by stakeholders as another obstacle to the development of the twin cities.
President-elect of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (Credai), Hubballi Sajid Farash pointed out that many of the officials at the sub-registrar’s office in question had been occupying their respective posts for eight years.
“They have been citing new rules, asking for a full-size Aadhaar card, and the mobile number registered with the Aadhaar card, etc. This is leading to a delay of many hours for even small tasks,” Farash said.
Credai Hubballi treasurer Narayan Acharya said that officials often insisted on the applicants being present in person to receive the registration token. “In many cases, the applicants are senior citizens or disabled individuals, who find it hard to stand in the queue for hours together. Businessmen and employees too cannot afford to spend as much time waiting since there is work to attend to. This is why they send others in their stead to obtain the token, and turn up in person for the registration when it is their turn,” Acharya said.
President of Hubballi Taluka Bond Writers’ Association Shataraj Pol pointed to the unreasonable demands of the officials at the Hubballi North sub-registrar’s office. “When people bring a letter from the bank bearing a square seal, the officials demand a circular seal, and when applicants bring a letter with the round seal, they return them demanding a rectangular or square seal. Such behaviour is unacceptable and we have decided against offering our services unless the officials are transferred,” Pol said.
Karnatak Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Engineers’ Association, Architects’ Association and Bar Association have written to the government demanding transfer of officials from the sub-registrar’s office.
MLA and former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, under whose constituency falls the sub-registrar’s office in question, has written to revenue minister R Ashoka, appealing to the latter to transfer the officials. “There are many corrupt officials, the actions of whom have caused loss to the exchequer,” Shettar said.
Dharwad deputy commissioner Nitesh Patil admitted to having received various complaints against the officials. “However, since the authority to transfer these officials is with the department of stamps and registration, we will send our recommendation seeking appropriate action,” the DC said.