By Kehkashan Tabbasum

Islamabad, (Parliament Times) : Files forwarded by the offices of tehsildar and naib tehsildars of Islamabad district have continuously piled up in the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner Revenue, Islamabad for the last six months meant for approval, orders, or directives of the ADCR for the lower formations for taking further necessary action.

A recent visit to the Islamabad Tehsil Office pointed out that applicants, complainants, and litigants stuck in bureaucratic red-tapism continue to visit respective offices of tehsildars and naib tehsildars every other day to ascertain the fate of their applications, complaints, and petitions. They are informed that their files had been forwarded to the ADCR for approval or necessary orders which had not been received from the ADCR office after the needful.

Resultantly, the staff instructed the applicants, complainants, and petitioners to visit the ADCR office and ascertain the fate of their files from there, which are still pending there awaiting ADCR’s attention.

Muhammad Talib, a resident of village Talhar, had to visit the Naib Tehsildar Office (NTO) every other day seeking correction in land records. The NTO forwarded his file to the ADCR office in March to get ADCR directions but still, he has to visit the NTO office for the return of his file from the ADCR office.

On the condition of anonymity, an official of the tehsildar office confided to this scribe that files are piling up in the ADCR office severely impacting the applicants, complainants, and petitioners’ rights as they have to wait longer for justice.

Raja Riazat, a resident of village Tarlai, said that he had been visiting Tehsil offices since 2016 for an amicable settlement of his application for issuing Fard showing a correct version of his total property scattered all around village Tarlai. I am still awaiting its judgment to be issued by the ADCR, he said.

Applicants, complainants, litigants, and petitioners have to suffer a lot in the Tehsildar Office, Islamabad in general and the ADCR Office, Islamabad in particular owing to unnecessary delays in getting approvals, orders, and judgments. The processing procedure is lengthy and takes years, observed Matloob Bhatti, another applicant from village Kuri, Islamabad.

On the condition of not being named, an official attached with a naib tehsildar told this scribe that the rate of disposal is slower than the rate of filing cases. While the volume of work has increased, the strength remains the same. Even the vacancies are not filled up, he said.

They make us run around even for a small matter. Lots of files are pending there. It is perhaps the worst situation for all and sundry, said Malik Nawaz of Panjgaran.

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