PUNE: Home buyers in the state will be able to register their properties on the basis of Aadhaar cards from next month and will not have to think about getting two witnesses for the process.
Inspectorate General of Registration and Stamps (IGR) department officials said an amendment to the section 32A of the Registration Act, 1908, has enabled the new system.
“The Aadhaar-based verification will fulfil the requirements of section 32A of the Registration Act, 1908, which relates to compulsory affixing of photograph,” an official said.
Though the necessary amendment was made to the Registration Act in 2018 itself and the state cabinet also gave its approval, the mechanism could not be put in place immediately because of the Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar.
The apex court had in its verdict said anybody willing to avail of any government scheme can use the Aadhaar card.
The officials said the department has followed the Unique Identification Authority of India’s (UIDAI) directives after the Supreme Court’s order and would introduce the process from next month. “The department can use a registered device for the registration of new properties without witnesses. However, property buyers without Aadhaar cards can get the registration done in presence of the witnesses,” a registration department official told TOI on Thursday.
“Citizens need not tag along two witnesses at the time of the property registrations. The Aadhaar details will be enough for the property deals,” deputy IGR Supriya Karmarkar said about the initiative.
“Besides, the reliability of these people (witnesses) were always questionable. With about a large number of people having their Aadhaar cards, they can use it to simplify the process,” she added.
The notification introducing Aadhaar-based authentication for property registration was issued with an aim of putting an end to “benami” and fraudulent transactions.
The move will speed up the property registration process across Maharashtra. More than 7,000 documents are registered across the state daily and at least 23 lakh registrations take place in a year.
Citizens who have their Aadhaar cards have welcomed the move, as they would no longer have to take along their family members as witnesses for the registration process.
Sapna Saxena, who plans to register a new property soon, said, “I am relieved that I do not have to get two persons along with me as witnesses for the registration process. Besides, it is difficult to get witnesses at the time of registration,” she said.
News Source: ETRealty