Herald: Unclaimed notices pile up in Dy Collector’s office

Unclaimed notices pile up in Dy Collector’s office

24 Dec 2018 06:49am IST

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Avinash Tavares

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24 Dec 2018 06:49am IST

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Avinash Tavares

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MARGAO: Around 32 bins filled with unclaimed notices occupy valuable office space inside the administrative section of the Deputy Collector’s office in Mathany Saldanha Administrative Complex. Each bin is designated to one village and some of the bins are overflowing with mails.

The Deputy Collector’s office sends out notices via registered AD mail to the affected parties for hundreds of cases presided over by the Deputy Collector. Many of the letters return unclaimed either due to the death of the recipient, wrong address, non availability of recipient, etc. These letters have been piling up over the past several months with some sent and returned way back in 2015.

Dominic Noronha, an activist from Dramapur Sirlim says that the system has to improve. Noronha pointed out that many people stay on rent or have shifted from houses to flats. "Many people have lost their property rights as they didn’t get notices. With this system, people are being denied a right to be a party in a case that affects them. Tomorrow when they come to know, they will challenge the order of the Deputy Collector in the High Court and waste the Court’s time", he said.

Noronha stated that the postal system is outdated. "The system has to be made efficient. The South Goa Collectorate has a website. All they have to do is publish all the notices on the website so that anyone can search their name and check if notices have been sent. The site can even ask for my email ID and send me email of whichever notices are published with my name on it", he added.  

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