ICICI Bank will now integrate the ministry of electronics and technology’s DigiLocker to their retail internet banking. DigiLocker is an online repository for storing, verifying and issuing digital certificates and documents on the cloud. With this integration, all savings account customers of ICICI Bank who have mapped their Aadhaar numbers with bank accounts can register and access DigiLocker. Through this, users don’t need a separate credential to access DigiLocker and can log in through ICICI Bank’s net banking without further authentication.
Last month, Kotak Mahindra Bank linked accounts to Digilocker, and it would appear that more banks will follow suit.
Currently, over 20 organizations including the Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Ministry of Road Transport, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and eDistrict applications are part of the DigiLocker ecosystem. Users will now be able to perform self-attestation in the form of digital signatures, authentication of documents, process documents for various citizen-centric services.
In September, DigiLocker claimed to have over 2 million registered users who have uploaded more than 2.5 million documents. It saw a surge of users—over 700,000 new users—registering themselves between April-May 2015 alone. Post this period, and especially after May, the registrations have increased marginally, adding more than 300,000 news users between May to September.
The DigiLocker was originally launched by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) in February 2015. Every user gets 10 MB of dedicated free personal storage space, which is linked to their Aadhaar details. The URI (Uniform Resource Indicator) for every document is also stored in the e-locker, allowing government agencies to directly access the document from the repository.
OpenForge: Last month, Indian Government launched an open collaborative development platform called OpenForge, for the development of e-governance applications. The portal can be used by open source developers, governments, startups, academia, students, corporations, industries, scientific institutions. It currently lists various projects – including the DigiLocker – such as Aadhaar, UPI, Open Street Maps, a full stack web application framework called Frappe, open learning system, and even tutorials like programming for beginners.