Judicial e-stamps worth Rs. 33 million issued in first month; PITB

Judicial e-stamps, an initiative launched by the government of Punjab in collaboration with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) is set to make the old system irrelevant. In the first month of its launch across Punjab, more than 7000 Judicial e-stamps worth Rs. 33 million have been issued.

The judicial e-stamps papers are used for property transfers and other such cases. With the new digitized system by PITB, the non-judicial stamp papers worth PKR 1000 or more and the judicial stamp papers can be acquired in 10-15 minutes instead of waiting for 3 days.

Judicial e-stamp papers are available in all 36 districts throughout the Punjab. The judicial stamps are used for execution of documents whereas non-judicial stamps are used for transactions which are related to the transfer of property, commercial agreements, power of attorney etc.

The non-judicial stamp papers of more than Rs. 1,000 are referred to as high-value Stamp papers. The e-stamp are used as court fee and can range from Rs 21 to Rs 15,000.

With this e-stamp system, instead of purchasing judicial stamp papers from the vendors or the treasury department anyone can buy them from any branch of the Bank of Punjab.

The digital issuance of judicial e-stamps can also help to reduce frauds as anyone can verify the value of an e-stamp paper by sending the number mentioned in the paper to 8100 from mobile phones. For verifying:

Type estamp<space><16-digit e-stamp number> in an SMS and send it to 8100. For example, estamp 0E2331FD243D6B0A

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