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The department of registration and stamps in Maharashtra has appointed Mumbai-based Network People Service Technologies as an authorized service partner (ASP) to provide online registrations of rent agreements, reports the Indian Express.

The service, which can be accessed on www.sevaserve.in, is right now available only for citizens in Mumbai, Thane and Pune. Users can book an appointment with the service online. An executive will visit the user at the specified time and place to complete the transaction. User can also prepare a rent agreement and preview the draft online. The agreement will then have to be signed in presence of the executive and registration can be completed online.

Interestingly the website also mentions that signatures are captured using a biometric device and user details are verified using the Aadhaar database. We’re not sure how the process works for citizens who do not have an Aadhar card or if other proofs of identity will work.

After verification and reading the agreement, the individual can make online / cash payment of stamp duty, registration fees and ASP fees. Currently, the company charges Rs 700 as ASP fees and Rs 300 for doorstep. Users can also find out the stamp duty and registration fees on a calculator on the portal based on the tenure, deposit, rent and locality. The registered rent agreement will also be sent electronically.

Other recent government initiatives and developments

– In November, the Telangana government opened ‘Digital Telangana Centres’ in 100 panchayats across the state, with plans to open another 1000 centers by January next year.These centres will make various facilities and services like citizen and government services, payments of social welfare, pensions and wages, available digitally.

– In the same month, the Ministry of Human Resource Development launched ePathshala, Saaransh and a National Programme on School Standards and Evaluation Framework (Shala Siddhi). Read more here.

– In October, the Government’s National DigiLocker reached nearly a million users. Overall, the website has stored over 1.069 million documents, indicating that on an average users store less than 2 documents on the platform. The most uploaded document is the Aadhaar card, which is required for signing up on the platform in the first place.

– The Department of Panchayats will begin assigning a GPS based permanent Unique Property Identification Number for all buildings in panchayat areas in Kerala. The initiative would start off with 941 panchayats initially, and will eventually include municipal and corporation areas later. More on that here.

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