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Virtual Locker

DIGILocker promises a near-transformation of govt-citizen interface

By: | Published: June 30, 2015 12:19 AM

If you have faced the tedious process of getting a government document reissued in the case of loss, you would be thankful for the DIGILocker. The 10 MB (at the moment) online locker being launched by the government gives you enough space to store soft copies of all kinds of government-issued documents—from PAN cards to utility bills and property documents—all of which you can access with just a few keystrokes and clicks.

Indian citizens can use their Aadhaar numbers to sign up for the service—upon signing up, one would receive a one-time password on the registered mobile number and after that can reset the password any number of times. One can even link the locker to a Google or Facebook account. As government-citizen interface gets increasingly digitised, the DIGILocker will make life easier with ready access to electronic copies of relevant documents. The locker—the beta version is being tested, before the scheduled July 1 launch—is expected to get fine-tuned with time, even allowing users to sort documents according to type (say, utility bills and receipts). For the government, it means less time and resources spent on filing, cross-checking (with DIGILocker’s Aadhaar linkage and the e-signature, authentication gets easier) and storing documents; for the citizen, it means a virtual elimination of the need for endlessly photocopying government documents and the stress of getting a document reissued in the case of loss—steps towards Digital India, indeed.

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