Defunct printers stall issuing of fresh driving licenses

SRINAGAR: Applicants in three districts of Kashmir are not able to get their driving licenses as the printers in the respective Transport Offices are out of order for last many months.
Applicants from Budgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts are unable to get their driving licenses due to the lack of printing facility at the respective transport offices. Most of the applicants have passed the driving test many months ago and are waiting for the plastic card that would enable them to take to wheels.
Mushtaq Ahmad, one of the applicants from Pampore told Kashmir Reader that he passed the test two months ago but authorities are playing hide and seek with me. “I have come to know that there is no printer available in the transport office. It is shocking,” he said.
“I own a vehicle and make my living out of it. I have been fined many times for not having a driving license,” Ahmad said.
Same is the story from Shopian where one Nisar Ahmed said that despite passing the driving test, he is yet to receive the driving document. “We are called on every Wednesday for driving test but haven’t received our licenses yet,” Irshad Baba from Budgam said.
Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Pulwama, Khadim Hussain, confirmed that the printer at his office has been defunct for the last four months which has resulted in delaying issuing of new licenses.
“After many requests made to the higher authorities, we have finally got a new printer. It has reached Jammu. Hopefully, we will resume printing next week onwards,” Hussain said.
Assistant RTO Shopain Abdul Majid Bhatt said the printer at his office has been defunct for the last two months. “The printer is not working and is being repaired. We have ordered a part from Delhi and it will reach us within a couple of days. We will resume work accordingly,” Bhatt said.
RTO Budgam Manzoor Ahmad said it will take couple of days to resume the printing work as the machine is being repaired.
“Once the machine is ready, we will resume the work as soon as possible. The printer is being repaired,” Ahmad said.

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