My dad isn’t much cool about me sitting at the home and doing nothing, so he gave me some work today.
I was asked to go collect the application form from SBI in order to start a pension account for my grandmother and go to Surya Gas Agency to check the status of the refill which has been delayed for God knows what reason for 70 long days from the day of booking and then to go to the Corporation of Cochin in order to get the Ownership Certificate.
I got the scooter today to do all these, I dropped my dad in his office and went to the bank. The board outside the bank read Banking hours from 08:00 am to 08:00 pm. It pleased me , it was only 08:35 am and I was wondering whether the bank would be open or not. It was , thank God , I went in …It was a wonderful sight..there was just one employ in the office..anyways she gave me the application form and I went to Surya Gas Agency.
I walked in , gave the Consumer no, and I said, ” We booked the gas last year, last year and we still haven’t got it , could you please make sure that you give the refill today, it’s been 3 months we have seen the cylinder guy at our home.”
She gave me a “Aiyoo Pavam” look as I was begging . She told me, “Don’t worry , we will get you the cylinder today.” I asked her again, “You are sure no, don’t forget ,it’s been two weeks we are having food from outside”[That was a lie, we did arrange an alternative cylinder from our neighbor] and I left.
I hate this government places ,especially when it comes to Corporation of Kochi , it will take an hour for them to lift a pen.
I met the Peon and asked him ,” Chetta, how do you get this ownership certificate.” He said, “You need to fill up the chellan. ” and he brought me one , I saw a lot of details and columns ,and I just filled the date since I couldn’t figure out the rest , the Peon said, “Oh you know how to fill it.” I said ,” Hmm .No.. “. Peon continues , ” Write OC ,your house no, whatever it is.” I said ,”I want it in two nos., since this certificate is to show the Kerala Water Authority in order change the ownership of water connection over there and in the water bill the house no. is different as it was as per the old system.” He said, ” Do you have the tax receipt?. ” I said, ” No, it’s been 8 years we are owning our home and we pay the tax as per new house no. and showed him the Receipt. ” He asked me to go and meet the officer over the other room,
I went and that room was empty , I went to him again and asked whether I can pay the fees now and clarify later, he said okay. I paid the fees , had to wait for 20 minutes,these corporation wasn’t even using computers, everything was done manually , I came back to see the officer , hopefully she was there and she said, “Write an application and give it to the Superintendent Sir.” I said, “I already have it” and I walked to the Superintendent Sir.
He was busy talking with someone else ,I interrupted, “Sir, application. ” He ,”What..What.” .I repeated ,”Sir application for Ownership Certificate.” He saw the application and he said, “You have to stick a stamp on it.” I went to the Peon and asked, “What stamp is it.” He said, “Revenue”. I asked where do I get it from , he said, “There is a shop over the corner of the road.”
I took my scooter and came back with the revenue stamp and pasted over the application form and took it to the Superintendent, He said, ” Hey , this is not the one, you should paste the court fee one. ” I said, “The Peon said this and then anyway all the money goes to the government only, now I will have to go back again. ” He said,”Oh he is an old man he might have forgot but I won’t accept unless it’s Court Fee one. ”
I went to the shop, the vendor was surprised to see me again, I didn’t have change , neither did the vendor, I had to drink a Rs 7.50 Lime in order to get the change for the vendor , I bought the court fee by paying RS 1. 50 and got pasted the court fee stamp over the revenue and gave it to the Superintendent. When I started explaining about the things, he said,”You need not tell to me.” He signed and asked me to give it another person.
Just then a middle aged man walked in to Superintendent and he said , “Good morning sir , how are you.” and gave 500 bucks under the table , the Superintendent easily put into his pocket. It was a shameful sight, it was the first time I saw corruption with my naked eyes , all these years I have seen that on TV but this was bad. I gave the written application and walked out from the office as they told me to come after 3 days , a simple work which should have been done in not more than 20 minutes ..!! What a corporation , no wonder ..the infrastructure projects of Kochi remain as projects in some files…