Sub-registrars are perplexed why the department does not permit them to manually register documents though they had sought it at a meeting of district registrars.

“We don't know why manual registration, which is permitted under the law, was not allowed. This is the system that was followed before computerisation and also in case of emergency when the computers fail. Though senior officials knew the impact of the strike, they chose not allow manual registration,” a sub-registrar said.