In Maharashtra State especially in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, there is lots of inconvenience in purchasing stamp paper due to non-availability and shortage of stamp papers at the neighboring places. Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50, stamp paper always not available to public. There are very marginal vendors in Mumbai who is selling stamp paper of Rs.100 and above denomination.
For buying a stamp paper, one has to travel long distance and stand in a long queue in the available places. For just purchasing a stamp paper one has to take a leave from office or his employment as it is available only on office hours i.e. between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. there also a rationing system. It is like paying money to government is a crime.
After Telgi scam, government did not improved the distribution of stamp papers at the nearest outlets. For government’s own mistake and lack of willingness to solve the problem, people are suffering. Governance is replaced in a queued democracy. Paying and getting govt. you should stand in a long queue and take lots of pain and inconvenience.
People facing this problem for years together in Maharashtra. Our ministers and bureaucracy is least interested in providing basic facility even if citizen are ready to pay. In Mumbai like place, people frequently require stamp papers for society, municipal, banks and other services. Why should we suffer at the cost of Telgi and others. That means govt. have no confidence and idea in tackling such issues for many years.
Considering the above problem, I have some suggestion to get fast and easy access for stamp paper.
• Stamp papers should be made available at all post offices, banks, government offices other than stamp vendors/ other outlets.
The timing of the stamp vendor should be extended from the existing 5.00 O’ Clock i.e. upto 8 p.m.
• Stamp papers should be made available at all denominations especially below 100.
• Government should be make legislation in avoiding stamp paper/franking in many transactions and instead collect cash directly.
Pre-printed forms should be made available at all government/ public utility services etc.
Let us hope that government should take up this issue to improve the part of governance and basic delivery system. Is the Maharashtra present CM Mr. Ashok Chavan listening us?