The state governments decision to withdraw the e-stamping mode of stamp duty payment has resulted in confusion among citizens across the state. Though the office of the inspector general of stamp and registration (IGR) claims to have made adequate provisions,lawyers and builders have been complaing about the lack of clarity on the subject.
The government had decided to withdraw the facility with effect from August 1 this year. The facility was being provided by a private company,the agreement of which was not renewed by the government. In absence of the facility,other modes of payment of stamp duty such as franking and physcial stamp papers are being criticised as cumbersome by the public.
Realtor Ritesh Oswal said e-payment of stamp duty was convenient for both realtors and customers. Paying of stamp duty is a mandatory process in any legal transaction and e-payment was the easiest way to do so. The sudden withdrawal is very irking and we are finding it difficult to pay stamp duties, he said.
Deputy IGR Sanjay Kolte said the state government had indicated that the agreement with the company providing the facility would not be renewed.
To help people to pay stamp duties,we have launched eSBTR through which stamp duty can be paid at any IDBT branch in the city, he said. Kolte said they have been operating a helpline to address the problems faced by public.