The main functions of the Registration Department are registration of documents under Indian Registration Act, and registration
of births, and deaths under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act,
The Inspector-General of Registration is the head of the department, who supervises the registration work in the district. The Collector of the district functions as ex-officio District Registrar. Under the District Registrar there are Sub-Registrars. In I960 there were 12 Sub-Registrars for Amravati Camp, Amravati Town, Nandgaon Kh., Achalpur, Chandur Bazar, Daryapur, Anjangaon, Chandur Railway. Dhamangaon, Morshi, Warud and Melghat. No departmental Sub-Registrar is appointed at Melghat where the Mamlatdar works as the ex-officio Sub-Registrar.
The Sub-Registrars are assisted by the necessary staff. The appointments of the Sub-Registrars are made by the Inspector-General of Registration while those of the staff subordinate to him are made by the District Registrar.
The District Registrar carries out the instructions of the Inspector-General of Registration in all departmental matters, and if he has any suggestions to make for the improvement of the registration system, they are to be submitted to the Inspector-General. The Sub-Registrar seeks the guidance of the District Registrar in matters of the day-to-day administration. The District Registrar visits the Sub-Registry offices in his district at least once in every two years and sends his memorandum of inspection to the Inspector-General of Registration. He hears appeals and applications referred to him under Sections 72 and 73 of the Indian Registration Act (XVI of 1908) against refusals to register documents by the Sub-Registrars under him. Under Sections 25 and 34 of the Act. he is empowered to condone delays in presentation of documents and appearance of executants provided the delay does not exceed four months, and to direct that the documents concerned be registered on payment of a fine not exceeding ten times the proper registration fee. He is also competent to order refunds in the case of surcharges and to grant full or partial remission of safe custody fees in suitable cases. A will or codicil may be deposited with him under a sealed cover, and it may, be got registered at the cost of the party desiring it, after the depositor's death.
The Senior Sub-Registrars are appointed as Inspectors of
Registration. They inspect the work of all Sub-Registry offices
in their charge. Amravati district is under the Inspector of
Registration, Amravati Division.
Registration of Documents.
Under the Indian Registration Act (XVI of 1908), compulsory
registration is required in the case of certain documents and
optional registration is provided for certain other documents.
Documents which fulfil the prescribed requirements and for which the required stamp duty and registration fees are paid are registered. A record of such registered documents is kept and extract of documents affecting immoveable property in respect of which Record-of-Rights is maintained are sent to the offices concerned for making mutations. Certified copies from the preserved records of registered documents are also issued to parties who apply for them.
In all, 20,974 documents were registered in the district in 1960, Of these, 19,562 documents falling under compulsory registration were of the aggregate value of Rs. 3,74.54,418: 377 documents falling under optional registration were of the aggregate value of Rs. 2,43,257 and 767 documents affecting moveable property were of the aggregate value of Rs. 1,02,25,026. The rest, viz., 268 documents were wills.
Fees are levied for registration according to the prescribed scale, but the State Government has exempted or partially exempted the levy of registration fees in respect of documents pertaining to the Co-operative Societies registered under the Cooperative Societies Act.
Photo Copying System.
The photo copying system has not been extended to this
district. All offices adopt the hand copying system.
Bombay Registration of Marriages Act 1954
The Bombay Registration of Marriages Act, 1954, has not
been extended to the Vidarbha region.
The Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act. 1936 and the Special Marriages Act. 1954, are not administered through the Registration department in the Vidarbha region as was done in the erstwhile State of Bombay. The District Registrars in Vidarbha region are appointed as Registrars of Births and Deaths under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act. 1886.
Income and Expenditure.
The average annual income of the Amravati Registration dis- trict is Rs. 2,41.156 and the annual expenditure, Rs. 64,105 [on the figures for the triennium 1958-1960].