Minister for Registrations and Stamps Thota Narasimham on Tuesday said the department was working to achieve a revenue target of Rs.5,600 crore through sale of stamps and registration fee in the current fiscal.

Addressing a press conference at the State Guest House following a review meeting of the department officials of zone-2 comprising Krishna, East and West Godavari districts, Mr. Narasimham pointed out that last year, the department had exceeded the target by earning a revenue of Rs.4,800 crore.

Mr. Narasimham said that Stamps and Registrations wing was the third highest revenue-earning department after Excise and Commercial Tax.

The Minister said that the Vijayawada zone had been given a revenue target of Rs.820 crore in the current financial year.

Referring to initiation of CARD (Computer-Aided Administration of Registration Department project, conceptualised to computerise all the activities and procedures of one of the oldest wings of the Government, the Stamps and Registrations department, he said that the need to bring about changes to keep pace with the changing times was being increasingly felt by the Government.

After successfully implementing the CARD project in at two sub-registrar offices in 1997, the Government decided to replicate it across the State.

The Minister also spoke about plans to introduce online registration of land from any part of the State.

He said that on a pilot basis, the new mode was being introduced in eight sub-registrar offices in Visakhapatnam and later, it would be replicated in Vijayawada and Hyderabad also.

Marriage registration

Mr. Narasimham said that plans were also afoot to set up marriage registration offices in important temple towns like Tirumala and Vijayawada (Kanaka Durga).

This would enable couples tying the knot at these temples to have their marriage registered at the same place, he said.

He said that out of the 432 sub-registrar offices across the State, only 280 had permanent buildings and went on to add that steps were being taken to build permanent buildings zone-wise. Congress MLAs Malladi Vishnu and Velampalli Srinivas Rao were present.

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