Birth, death certificates pending as Sanguem sub-registrar on leave

 For the last 15 days, the sub-registrar's office at Sanguem is only receiving applications for the issue of birth, marriage and death certificates but delivering none as the sub-registrar is on leave, sources said.

Staff at the sub-registrar's office told TOI they cannot issue certificates without the sub-registrar's signature and that two posts of lower division clerks are vacant.

The announcement of schemes like Ladli Laxmi, Griha Laxmi has triggered a rush for documents leading to long queues at the sub-registrar's office.

"Aspiring beneficiaries stand in queues for hours just to hand in applications for a certificate but these are issued only after a month or so," a source said.

Sanguem resident Francis Carvalho said, "As the government keeps announcing schemes the load falls on government staff to issue different certificates. The government should appoint extra staff at the civil registrar offices for issue of certificates."

When contacted, state registrar-cum-head of notary services Pandharinath Bodko said he will depute a head clerk in place of the sub-registrar by Friday morning to sign the certificates. He blamed the Sanguem office staff for not communicating to him that sub-registrar Maria Cecilia Mendes is on leave till November 28.

The situation at the Quepem sub-registrar's office is no different as applicants are receiving certificates up to 45 after applying. Quepem sub-registrar Digamber Kanolkar said he had recently taken over. "If correct information is provided, we will ensure certificates are issued within a week. We will try to put things in order," Kanolkar said.

Former Quepem municipal council chairperson Theresa Travasso blamed the government for not filling up vacant post in the sub-registrar's office so as to avoid the delay in issuing the certificates.

Officials at the Quepem sub-registrar's office said they are currently receiving over 100 applications a day, while in Sanguem they receive over 80 applications. [TOI]