NATIONAL INFORMATICS CENTRE - KERALA ePayment for Registration Department Government of Kerala
The curtain raiser ceremony for the statewide launching of e-payment system facilitating online remittance of property registration fees has been set off by the honorable Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri.Pinarayi Vijayan, on a grand function held at Pattom Sub-Registrar Office, Muttada, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 21st February 2017. Apart from huge participation from public and department officials, the dignitaries who graced the occasion with their esteemed presence include Shri. G.Sudhakaran, the hon’ble minister of Registration & Public Works Dept. of Kerala , Dr. Shashi Tharoor , the hon’ble MP of Trivandrum, Shri. Mara Pandian I.A.S, Additional Chief Secretary (Taxes), Shri. Devadasan I.A.S, Inspector General of Registration, Shri. T. Mohan Dhas, SIO, NIC Kerala with NIC Team.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan in his inaugural speech welcomed the initiative of the Registration Department for the implementation of e-payment system and said that his government is committed to the modernization of the department by means of implementing digital payment that would bring in more transparency to the registration system, would ease the process of fee remittance and to a great extent will curb the chances of corruption.
Hon'ble Minister of Registration, Shri. G Sudhakaran in his key note address emphasized the importance of e-payment system and opined that digital payment has a lead role to play in the changed scenario of creating a cashless economy. He hoped that the e-payment system would help the public to make hassle free Document Registration and would improve the monthly revenue collection of the department which is sliding down dangerously for the past few months due to the demonetization effect.
Shri. T Mohana Dhas, State Informatics Officer, NIC Kerala during his speech said that PEARL project is a pioneer project of NIC involving the partnership and integration of different departments like Registration, Treasury, Finance, Revenue, Survey and IT and all these departments are working in tandem as a result of the better technical coordination by NIC for the successful execution of the project. He also said that the e-Payment system is a big leap towards government’s Digital India campaign to generate a digital and cashless economy. He offered NIC’s whole hearted technical support to the department for the smooth execution of the project and the e-payment system in particular by helping to alleviate all bottlenecks in the new system.
Inspector General of Registration while addressing to the participants during his vote of thanks expressed his sincere gratitude to NIC for its tremendous contribution and involvement in the project and hoped that NIC would continue to provide its good work as the soul partner of the project.
The e-payment system rolled out as a component module of the Package for Effective Administration of Registration Laws (PEARL) Project, conceived and run by NIC State Unit, Kerala for Registration Dept., covers all the 314 Sub-Registrar Offices of Kerala by helping the SROs to receive various property registration related fees through digital means. The e-payment scheme involving e-Treasury system, Govt. of Kerala as the Payment Gateway partner, provides an online interface for the public to remit registration fees either through net banking mode or through desired Treasury office counters. This in-turn allows the sub-registrar offices to receive and verify online payments and deface online chalans generated by e-treasury system, leading to the realization of e-payment.
CASHLESS SUB REGISTRAR OFFICES IN THE STATE OF KERALA
E-Payment system is introduced in Sub Registrar offices of Kerala for payment of Document Registration related fees.
The system encompasses features like automatic estimation of Registration fees, Remittance of Registration fee either by direct e-payment or through Treasury, realization of e-payment at SRO, verification & defacement of online challan generated, reconciliation of different Payment Accounts etc.
The system envisages to alleviating any malpractices involved in the manual receipt of cash payment by enabling the process for receiving payments only through e-payment and treasury, adhering to certain sets of standards prevalent in the industry.