SRINAGAR — In a significant move, the administration of Jammu & Kashmir has now made it mandatory for authorities to complete the registration of documents relating to the sale of immovable properties, within two days.
In a notification, a copy of which is in possession of news agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the Jammu & Kashmir Government has brought registration of documents under the Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA). The PSGA guarantees time-bound delivery of public services to the people.
According to the notification, the timeline for the registration of documents is two days. The notification also states that the timeline for delivery of registration of documents by the authorities is also two days.
While Sub-registrar and Registrar have been notified as designated officers for these services, the Registrar and Additional Inspector General of Registrar have been designated as first appellate authorities for the same.
As per the notification, the Additional Inspector General of Registration and Inspector General of Registration has been notified as second appellate authorities for these services.
It is worthwhile to mention that before the reorganization of the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir, the powers of registration of documents were lying with the judiciary. But after August 5, 2019 changes, these powers are vested with the executive.
On October 22, 2019, the state administration announced a new department of registration would be set up to provide hassle-free and speedy service to the citizens for registration of documents pertaining to immovable property like sale, gift, mortgage, lease, bequest.
It also approved the creation of 464 new posts for the new department.