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Indian Govt launches e-locker service for documents

Digital Locker

The Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) has launched (pdf) an Aadhaar-based e-locker service for storing documents, in beta. Users will be able to store electronic versions of important documents like birth certificates, voters ID cards, University documents, etc in the e-locker. They can also electronically sign these documents with the e-sign facility, which is currently still being tested, and then share them with government organisations or other entities when required.

The sharing of e-documents will be done through a registered repository, which will ensure that the documents are authentic. This is likely to reduce usage of fake documents to a certain extent and also minimize time spent on authenticating documents.

User can register for the service using their Aadhaar number. Note that the user’s mobile number needs to be linked to the Aadhaar number to access the service. On entering the Aadhaar number an One Time Password (OTP) will sent to the mobile number, which needs to be entered to trigger a eKYC and access the e-locker.

Every user will get 10 MB of dedicated free personal storage space, which will be linked to their Aadhaar details. The URI (Uniform Resource Indicator) for every document will also be stored in the e-locker, allowing government agencies to directly access the document from the repository. Currently, the e-locker is accessible only through the web portal, but DeitY mentioned that a mobile app will soon be made available as well.

The website has been developed and is being maintained by MahaOnline Ltd, the joint venture between Maharashtra government and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

It’s worth noting that the Maharashtra government had started testing an Aadhaar-linked  e-locker service called Maha Digital Locker on a pilot basis, in November last year. The service claimed to allow users to fill up government forms with a single click. MahaOnline had developed the website for this as well.

Users can submit suggestions and feedback regarding the e-locker service through the citizen engagement platform MyGov.in till April 10, 2015.

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