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Summary: Digital Address Code proposed by Department of Posts

In its proposal, the DoP suggests how to go about assigning a code to every address in a country as large and diverse as India.

"Aadhaar is the digital identity platform that has facilitated online authentication of identity. A similar system for address authentication would simplify business processes," said a draft approach paper to create a Digital Address Code, published on the website of the Department of Posts (DoP) on October 19. In the approach paper, the DoP has suggested allocating permanent 12-digit codes linked to precise geospatial coordinates of all addresses in the country. Government bodies and businesses can use the codes to verify addresses and deliver services to users, the draft paper says. The DoP is accepting suggestions on the paper until November 20. Why do we need a Digital Address Code? The DoP has outlined several reasons why a Digital Address Code (DAC) will be useful for both businesses and public authorities: E-commerce: For online deliveries, a digital address identity can replace the…

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