The file disposal drive embarked upon by the State government in connection with its 100-day programme has produced less than impressive results in the district as far as the Revenue Department is concerned.

At the end of 100 days, the rate of disposal of pending files in seven taluks and two Revenue Divisional Offices in the district stood at 10.53 per cent. Of 70,796 files, 7,460 were disposed of during the first 100 days of the State government. This means that 63,336 files, many of which would be dealing with common man's problems, continue to gather dust.

Among taluks, Kothamangalam was at the bottom with only 84 of 4,314 files disposed of, a mere 1.95 per cent. Paravur, where 681 out of the 10,883 files were disposed of, followed with a disposal rate of 6.26 per cent.

Kunnathunadu taluk, where 1,674 out of the 6,638 files were disposed of, topped the list with 25.21 per cent followed by Aluva, where 744 out of the 3,338 files were disposed of at a rate of 22.29 per cent.

Collectorate lags behind

Things did not look good at the District Collectorate either. Here, 778 out of the 39,084 files spread over 11 sections were cleared during the period at a disposal rate of 2 per cent.

The functioning of many sections is such that disposing of files is a long-drawn-out process, Additional District Magistrate E.K. Sujatha told The Hindu on Tuesday. Cases pending in court and lengthy bureaucratic procedures are cited among the major hurdles in the prompt disposal of files.

Ms. Sujatha said that the district administration had decided to make the file disposal drive a permanent process and that it would make an impact in the long run.

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