SUB-REGISTRARS

The District Registrar gives guidance to the Sub-Registrars in their day-to-day work. He visits the Sub-Registry Offices in his district at least once in every two years, and sends his memoranda of inspection to the Inspector-General.

He hears appeals and applications referred to him under sections 72 and 73 of the Indian Registration Act, 1908, against refusals to register documents by the Sub-Registrars under him. Under sections 25 and 34 of the same Act, he is empowered to condone delays in presentation of documents and appearance of executants provided the delay does not exceed four months and to direct registration of the documents concerned on payments of a fine not exceeding ten times the proper registration fees. 

He is also competent to order refunds in cases of surcharges and to grant full or partial remission of the safe custody fees in suitable cases. A will or a codicil can be deposited with him in a sealed cover and it can be got registered at the cost of the party desiring it, after the death of the depositor.

THE REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT.

REGISTRATION.

Registration of Documents.

UNDER THE INDIAN REGISTRATION ACT (XVI OF 1908), compulsory registration is required in the case of certain documents and optional registration is provided for certain other documents. As a rule, fees are levied for such registration, but the State Government have exempted from payment of fees documents relating to co-operative credit societies, land mortgage banks, urban banks (up to the value of Rs.2,000) and housing societies (up to the value of Rs.5,000). Similarly, awards under the Bombay Agricultural Debtors� Relief Act (XXVIII of 1947) are also registered free. Marriages under the Parsi Marriages and Divorces Act (III of 1936), and the Special Marriages Act (III of 1872), are also registered.

Registry offices.

There are (in 1949) two registration offices for Poona (viz., Haveli I. Housed in a building in the Mamlatdar�s office compound in Shukrawar Peth; and Haveli II, situated in the premises of the office of the District Registrar, Poona, in the compound of the Collector�s office), an eleven others located at Ghoda (Ambegaon taluka, Baramati, Bhor, Dhond, Indapur, Junnar, Narayangaon (Junnar taluka), Khed, Vadgaon (Mawal taluka), Saswad (Purandar taluka) and Ghodnadi (Sirur taluka). Each of these is in charge of a Sub-Registrar.

District Registrar.

The Collector of Poona District is ex officio District Registrar. The Registration unit is different and separate from the Revenue staff, but the District Registrar has powers of supervision over the entire district registration staff. The sub-registrars are appointed by the Inspector General of Registration, but the District Registrar has powers to make appointments of sub-registrars in temporary vacancies. The Sub-Registry and District Registry karkuns and peons are appointed by the District Registrar himself. The District Registrar carries out the instructions of the Inspector General in departmental matters, and if he has any suggestions for the improvement of the registration system, he submits them to the Inspector General. The District Registrar solves the difficulties encountered by sub-registrars in the course of their day to day work. He visits the sub-registry offices and attends to the disposal of routine matters with the help of his Personal Assistant and the Headquarter Sub-Registrar, who is Joint Sub-Registrar, Haveli II. He hears appeals and applications preferred to him under sections 72 and 73 of the Indian Registration Act (XVI of 1908) against refusals to register documents by the sub-registrars under him. He is competent to accord sanction for the levy of fines under sections 25 and 34 (ibid), condoning delays in presentation of documents after a period of four months and in appearance of executants after the statutory period, and ordering such documents to be registered. He is equally competent to order refunds in case of surcharges and to grant remissions in safe custody fees in suitable cases. A will or codicil may be deposited with him under a sealed cover. The district Registrar is also authorised to receive declarations under the Muslim Personal (Shariat) Application Act (XXVI of 1937).

Sub-Registrars.

The sub-registrars are immediately subordinate to the District Registrar. The chief function of the sub-registrar is to register documents for which the required stamp duties and registration fees are paid. He keeps a record of such registered documents and notifies, whenever necessary, the facts of registration to the Revenue and City Survey officials for record of rights and mutation of names in their property registers. On application from parties, he issues certified copies from preserved records of registered documents. Every sub-registrar is an ex officio Registrar of Parsi marriages. The powers of solemnising marriages under the Special Marriages Act (III of 1872) are vested in the sub-registrar working as Headquarter Sub-Registrar, who is Joint Sub-Registrar, Haveli II. He hears appeals and applications preferred to him under sections 72 and 73 of the Indian Registration At (XVI of 1908) against refusals to register documents by the sub-registrars under him. He is competent to accord sanction for the levy of fines under sections 25 and 34 (ibid), condoning delays in presentation of documents after a period of four months and in appearance of executants after the statutory period, and ordering such documents to be registered. He is equally competent to order refunds in case of surcharges and to grant remissions in safe custody fees in suitable cases. A will or codicil may be deposited with him under a sealed cover. A will or codicil may be deposited with him under a sealed cover. The District Registrar is also authorised to receive declarations under the Muslim Personal (Shariat) Application Act (XXVI of 1937).

Sub-Registrars.

The sub-registrars are immediately subordinate to the District Registrar. The chief function of the sub-registrar is to register documents for which the required stamp duties and registration fees are paid. He keeps a record of such registered documents and notifies, whenever necessary, the facts of registration to the Revenue and City Survey officials for record of rights and mutation of names in their property registers. On application from parties, he issues certifies copies from preserved records of registered documents. Every sub-registrar is an ex officio Registrar of Parsi marriages. The powers of solemnising marriages under the Special Marriages Act (III of 1872) are vested in the sub-registrar working as Headquarter Sub-Registrar, Haveli II.

Inspection.

The work of inspection is done by the Inspector of Registration, Poona Division (comprising Ahmednagar, Poona and Sholapur districts), Prant Officers, and the District Registrar, and the inspection memoranda drawn up by these officers are scrutinised by the Inspector General of Registration. The Inspector of Registration is directly subordinate to the Inspector General of Registration and does not exercise any administrative control over registration offices. He is not a subordinate of the District Registrar. His duty is mainly confined to the inspection of the technical work of the registration offices, including the central office of record, and of audit their accounts. He inspects the books in the central office of record and reports to the District Registrar about their condition, so that those in danger of being destroyed may be recopied and authenticated according to the law. He examines the books, indexes, accounts and other records in the offices of the sub-registrars once a year, and sends one copy of his memorandum of inspection to the District Registrar and another to the Inspector General for approval. The Inspector General will pass orders in respect of such memorandum, with his remarks or suggestions, if any, which will be complied with by the sub-registrar.

Statistics.

The average annual income of the Poona Registration District is Rs.1,97,514 and the average annual expenditure Rs.64,139 (based on the figures for the triennium 1947-49). The copying of documents is done in nine offices by means of photography and in the rest four by hand. During 1949 (including the figures for the Bhor sub-registry office, which came under Poona only when the merger scheme was brought into effect on 1st August 1949), in all, 19,106 documents were registered in the district; composed of 17,710 documents falling under compulsory registration and of the aggregate value of Rs.2,78,79,137; 1,001 documents falling under optional registration and of the aggregate value of Rs.14,98,118; 259 documents affecting moveable property and of the aggregate value of Rs.4,63,670; and 136 wills. There were 13 marriages registered under the Parsi Marriages Act and 93 marriages solemnised under the Special Marriages Act.

Sub-Registrars

The District Registrar gives guidance to the Sub-Registrars in their day-to-day work. He visits the Sub-Registry Offices in his district at least once in every two years, and sends his memoranda of inspection to the Inspector-General.

He hears appeals and applications referred to him under sections 72 and 73 of the Indian Registration Act, 1908, against refusals to register documents by the Sub-Registrars under him. Under sections 25 and 34 of the same Act, he is empowered to condone delays in presentation of documents and appearance of executants provided the delay does not exceed four months and to direct registration of the documents concerned on payments of a fine not exceeding ten times the proper registration fees. 

He is also competent to order refunds in cases of surcharges and to grant full or partial remission of the safe custody fees in suitable cases. A will or a codicil can be deposited with him in a sealed cover and it can be got registered at the cost of the party desiring it, after the death of the depositor.

THE REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT.

REGISTRATION.

Registration of Documents.

UNDER THE INDIAN REGISTRATION ACT (XVI OF 1908), compulsory registration is required in the case of certain documents and optional registration is provided for certain other documents. As a rule, fees are levied for such registration, but the State Government have exempted from payment of fees documents relating to co-operative credit societies, land mortgage banks, urban banks (up to the value of Rs.2,000) and housing societies (up to the value of Rs.5,000). Similarly, awards under the Bombay Agricultural Debtors� Relief Act (XXVIII of 1947) are also registered free. Marriages under the Parsi Marriages and Divorces Act (III of 1936), and the Special Marriages Act (III of 1872), are also registered.

Registry offices.

There are (in 1949) two registration offices for Poona (viz., Haveli I. Housed in a building in the Mamlatdar�s office compound in Shukrawar Peth; and Haveli II, situated in the premises of the office of the District Registrar, Poona, in the compound of the Collector�s office), an eleven others located at Ghoda (Ambegaon taluka, Baramati, Bhor, Dhond, Indapur, Junnar, Narayangaon (Junnar taluka), Khed, Vadgaon (Mawal taluka), Saswad (Purandar taluka) and Ghodnadi (Sirur taluka). Each of these is in charge of a Sub-Registrar.

District Registrar.

The Collector of Poona District is ex officio District Registrar. The Registration unit is different and separate from the Revenue staff, but the District Registrar has powers of supervision over the entire district registration staff. The sub-registrars are appointed by the Inspector General of Registration, but the District Registrar has powers to make appointments of sub-registrars in temporary vacancies. The Sub-Registry and District Registry karkuns and peons are appointed by the District Registrar himself. The District Registrar carries out the instructions of the Inspector General in departmental matters, and if he has any suggestions for the improvement of the registration system, he submits them to the Inspector General. The District Registrar solves the difficulties encountered by sub-registrars in the course of their day to day work. He visits the sub-registry offices and attends to the disposal of routine matters with the help of his Personal Assistant and the Headquarter Sub-Registrar, who is Joint Sub-Registrar, Haveli II. He hears appeals and applications preferred to him under sections 72 and 73 of the Indian Registration Act (XVI of 1908) against refusals to register documents by the sub-registrars under him. He is competent to accord sanction for the levy of fines under sections 25 and 34 (ibid), condoning delays in presentation of documents after a period of four months and in appearance of executants after the statutory period, and ordering such documents to be registered. He is equally competent to order refunds in case of surcharges and to grant remissions in safe custody fees in suitable cases. A will or codicil may be deposited with him under a sealed cover. The district Registrar is also authorised to receive declarations under the Muslim Personal (Shariat) Application Act (XXVI of 1937).

Sub-Registrars.

The sub-registrars are immediately subordinate to the District Registrar. The chief function of the sub-registrar is to register documents for which the required stamp duties and registration fees are paid. He keeps a record of such registered documents and notifies, whenever necessary, the facts of registration to the Revenue and City Survey officials for record of rights and mutation of names in their property registers. On application from parties, he issues certified copies from preserved records of registered documents. Every sub-registrar is an ex officio Registrar of Parsi marriages. The powers of solemnising marriages under the Special Marriages Act (III of 1872) are vested in the sub-registrar working as Headquarter Sub-Registrar, who is Joint Sub-Registrar, Haveli II. He hears appeals and applications preferred to him under sections 72 and 73 of the Indian Registration At (XVI of 1908) against refusals to register documents by the sub-registrars under him. He is competent to accord sanction for the levy of fines under sections 25 and 34 (ibid), condoning delays in presentation of documents after a period of four months and in appearance of executants after the statutory period, and ordering such documents to be registered. He is equally competent to order refunds in case of surcharges and to grant remissions in safe custody fees in suitable cases. A will or codicil may be deposited with him under a sealed cover. A will or codicil may be deposited with him under a sealed cover. The District Registrar is also authorised to receive declarations under the Muslim Personal (Shariat) Application Act (XXVI of 1937).

Sub-Registrars.

The sub-registrars are immediately subordinate to the District Registrar. The chief function of the sub-registrar is to register documents for which the required stamp duties and registration fees are paid. He keeps a record of such registered documents and notifies, whenever necessary, the facts of registration to the Revenue and City Survey officials for record of rights and mutation of names in their property registers. On application from parties, he issues certifies copies from preserved records of registered documents. Every sub-registrar is an ex officio Registrar of Parsi marriages. The powers of solemnising marriages under the Special Marriages Act (III of 1872) are vested in the sub-registrar working as Headquarter Sub-Registrar, Haveli II.

Inspection.

The work of inspection is done by the Inspector of Registration, Poona Division (comprising Ahmednagar, Poona and Sholapur districts), Prant Officers, and the District Registrar, and the inspection memoranda drawn up by these officers are scrutinised by the Inspector General of Registration. The Inspector of Registration is directly subordinate to the Inspector General of Registration and does not exercise any administrative control over registration offices. He is not a subordinate of the District Registrar. His duty is mainly confined to the inspection of the technical work of the registration offices, including the central office of record, and of audit their accounts. He inspects the books in the central office of record and reports to the District Registrar about their condition, so that those in danger of being destroyed may be recopied and authenticated according to the law. He examines the books, indexes, accounts and other records in the offices of the sub-registrars once a year, and sends one copy of his memorandum of inspection to the District Registrar and another to the Inspector General for approval. The Inspector General will pass orders in respect of such memorandum, with his remarks or suggestions, if any, which will be complied with by the sub-registrar.

Statistics.

The average annual income of the Poona Registration District is Rs.1,97,514 and the average annual expenditure Rs.64,139 (based on the figures for the triennium 1947-49). The copying of documents is done in nine offices by means of photography and in the rest four by hand. During 1949 (including the figures for the Bhor sub-registry office, which came under Poona only when the merger scheme was brought into effect on 1st August 1949), in all, 19,106 documents were registered in the district; composed of 17,710 documents falling under compulsory registration and of the aggregate value of Rs.2,78,79,137; 1,001 documents falling under optional registration and of the aggregate value of Rs.14,98,118; 259 documents affecting moveable property and of the aggregate value of Rs.4,63,670; and 136 wills. There were 13 marriages registered under the Parsi Marriages Act and 93 marriages solemnised under the Special Marriages Act.

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