Strike hits work in sub-registrars' offices

The public was put into inconvenience on Monday as the sub-registrar's offices across the State came to a virtual standstill as the computer operators began an indefinite dharna seeking implementation of the Minimum Wages Act.

Registration of documents pertaining properties, agreements, marriages were affected, and public were turned away from many offices when the officials simply could not cope. As a result, registrations dropped steeply in most offices with some reporting none at all.

They want more

Some 700 computer operators attached to 242 sub-registrar's offices and 34 district registrar's offices are on an indefinite dharna at Freedom Park here.

They are hired on contract by CMS and ECIL, the two vending agencies for the Department of Stamps and Registration. They are, inter alia , demanding Rs.12,000 as minimum wages, and regularisation of services. At present they are being paid between Rs.2,000 and Rs.3,150 a month.

“Work was severely affected in the offices. While some offices did not have any registration, many have recorded just one or two. The situation was somewhat better in Bangalore offices,”

A senior sub-registrar told The Hindu as the government does not permit manual registration, and many officials are not well versed with the procedures required under the KAVERI project of the department.

Just a fraction

On an average 6,000 to 7,000 documents are registered every day across the State. A department official estimated that not more than 500 documents could be registered on Monday.

Meanwhile, a senior official from the office of the Inspector General of Registrations and Commissioner of Stamps met the representatives of Shramajeevigala Vedike, which is leading the agitation. According to vedike president Chandrashekar S. Hiremath, no concrete promises came from the officials. “We will intensify the dharna from Tuesday by going on a fast-unto-death,” he said.