The Maharashtra government has started testing an Aadhaar-linked e-locker service on a pilot basis, which can store important documents such as birth certificates, passports, and educational qualifications, reports DNA.
The service called Maha Digital Locker will allow citizens to access these documents, which are frequently required for government services and applying jobs. According to the website, the service will help to pre-populate most of the fields from an XML file which is kept in the e-locker. It also includes a folder to upload your old certificates and the service will also push any certificate issued by the Maharashtra Government. The service will allow citizens to fill up government forms with a single click.
Rajesh Aggrawal, Maharashtra principal secretary for IT, said that the service will be operational in three weeks. Currently, the service has a authentication through mobile-based one time password (OTP) but is also looking at beefing up security through biometric OTP.
Earlier this month, the Indian government introduced an Aadhaar-based digital life certificate to help ease the process of pension payments. The new service will allow the Pension Disbursing Agency to authenticate a pensioner without them having to be physically present. The service’s application records the pensioner’s Aadhaar number and biometric details from a mobile device or computer device which will upload the biometric information to a central database in real-time allowing the agency to access a Digital Life Certificate.
A number of state government run schemes had made Aadhaar mandatory, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) which linked Aadhaar to employee salary, the revenue department made Aadhaar mandatory for services offered by the department, and the Bombay High Court had even suggested the state government to consider linking Aadhaar to ration cards to reduce instances of fake and duplicate cards.
As of now, over 70.7 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated by the UIDAI since August 2010 when the first Aadhaar number was generated. It claims Aadhaar coverage in nine states/UTs, including Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Kerala, and Himachal Pradesh has crossed 90%, while seven states/UTs now have Aadhaar coverage between 70-90%.