There is a shortage of Rs 20 non-judicial stamp papers in the city. The Department of Stamp and Registration has stopped the distribution. In addition to the District Registrar's Offices, the Sub-Registrar's Offices are also out of stock. Official figures show that only seven offices in the city have nominal stock.
There are allegations that stamp vendors are making money by creating artificial shortages despite having old stock. There is already a shortage of Rs 100 stamp papers. Non-judicial and revenue stamps are printed at the Nashik Press in Maharashtra. The Department of Stamps and Registrations sends the required indent to the Nashik Press for the non-judicial stamps.
They are then supplied as per the indent of the District Registrars. The State Registration Department stores stock up to 20 percent in advance each time the stock is brought from Nashik and supplies the rest to the District Registrars. It is customary to indent before the stock runs out. The stock is complete but the department did not place an indent. The Department of Stamps and Registrations is somehow not interested in indenting non-judicial stamp papers. Due to the stock deficit, the demand has touched the roofs in the open market.