Registration and Stamps Department is related to some of the most important events
in person’s life. It incorporates buying and selling of immovable property, payment
of stamp duty, marriage registration and such activities. It is estimated that about
two crore citizens avail the services of the department annually.
The Registration came into force in India in 1908. However its foundation is seen in
document registration system used by the then East India Company in the 18th century
in areas under its rule. During the British period, the authority to register
documents vested with the Magistrates. Later on, a separate system was evolved for
this purpose and thus a separate registration department came into being.
Collection of tax through Stamp Duty began in 1815 in Mumbai. Thereafter in 1827,
separate system and offices were established for sale of stamps and collection of
stamp duty in the Bombay region. Thus, the system of stamp duty collection has a
history of about two centuries.
After independence, the Registration Department functioned under the Revenue and
Forest Department under the control of the Settlement Commissioner. Considering the
nature of work, expanse and importance of Registration Department and Stamps
Department, a new department was formed in 1988 by merging the two departments. This
new unified Department of Registration and Stamps started functioning under control
of Inspector General of Registration and Controller of Stamps.
Since then, the graph of this department has been consistently on the rise. The new
activities included streamlining of stamp duty rates from time to time,
conceptualization of Market Value and implementation of annual statement of rates.
These measures led to increase in the revenue of the department and in turn have
significantly contributed in the development of the State. Today, the Registration
and Stamps Department ranks second after Sales Tax Department in terms of revenue
In the last few years, the department has made significant changes in the system of
document registration. ‘SARITA’ the computerized system for registration of document
was introduced in 2002. In 2012 ‘i-SARITA’ a centralized web based online
registration system was introduced for efficient registration. The department has
also introduced online facilities like e-Payment, e-Search, e-ASR etc. The
department has recently introduced ‘e-Registration’, an online registration system
to facilitate registration of first sale of flats in large housing projects and also
of leave and license agreements, without having visit to the Sub-Registrar’s office.
The department is continuing its revolutionary steps for delivering speedy,
efficient and citizen friendly service.
Since 2014, the Department has implemented an
integrated project 'Sarathi' for publicity, promotion
and dissemination of information so that
necessary information about the services to be
provided by the Department is easily available to
the citizens and the citizens have benefited
significantly through the helpline.
From 2015, the integration of registration (i-SARITA) and Land Record department's software has been done. It helps for the mutation of records to the L R department. The same facility was also introduced to the property card also in 2021.
The e-Payment of DHC (Document handling charges) is introduced in 2019 as a part of "Cashless India Initiative".
Names of officers, who hold the charge of Inspector General of Registration and controller of stamp, Maharashtra State, Pune :
||Mr. V.N. Karandikar, I.A.S.
||Mr. S.C. Kothari, I.A.S.
||Mr. Ghansham Talreja, I.A.S.
||Mr. A.S. Surve, I.A.S.
||Mr. K.B. Bhoge, I.A.S.
||Dr. Nitin Kareer, I.A.S.
||Mr. Om Prakash Gupta, I.A.S.
||Mr. Ramrao Shingare, I.A.S.
|| Mr. S. Chockalingam, I.A.S.
||Dr. Shrikar Pardeshi, I.A.S.
||Dr. Ramaswami. N, I.A.S.
||Mr. Anil Kawade I.A.S.
||Mr. Omprakash Deshmukh I.A.S.
||Mr. Shravan Pramod Hardikar I.A.S.
||Mr. Hiralal Sonawane I.A.S.