Mahmood Khan, the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, officially began issuing e-stamp paper in the province on Wednesday to provide ease of access to essential services as well as to eliminate land disputes, document fraud, and the issuance of retroactive stamp papers.
Additionally, the project will reduce administrative costs associated with producing stamp paper, boost provincial revenue generation by Rs. 500 million annually, and reduce official discretion, all of which will promote openness and accountability.
Nine visible and invisible elements have reportedly been integrated into e-stamp papers, and a central database will also be kept up to make it easier for users to verify documents online.
At first, stamp papers priced between Rs. 1000 and 25,000 will be made available online at www.estamp.kp.gov.pk, for which the Stamp Act of 1899 has been amended as needed to provide legal protection.
The test phase has already begun in District Nowshera, but it will be extended to the entire province by the end of the current fiscal year after a month-long phased rollout to districts organized according to divisions.
Mahmood Khan, the chief minister, addressed the inauguration ceremony and noted that numerous measures had been taken by the provincial government to ensure that its inhabitants received basic services at their doorsteps from the very beginning.
He made it clear that the implementation of e-governance and the digitization of services has secured not only easier access to government services but also the upholding of merit, greater openness, and accountability.
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