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Why Govt needs more services to integrate with Digilocker

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Published: September 9, 2016 6:14:13 AM

Government needs more services to integrate with the DigiLocker for increasing its appeal

While the recently launched Unified Payments Interface greatly lessens the need to carry cash, the government is doing its bit to make your wallet less bulkier by eliminating the need for physical copies of driving license and vehicle registration certificates. The government has integrated driving license and vehicle registration with the DigiLocker app, thus, you can use your DigiLocker account for nearly all instances where you could need these documents. Though a database of 19 crore vehicle registration certificates and 9 crore driving licenses is already available online, the government, in a major push for the DigiLocker service, plans to distribute licences via DigiLocker in the future.

While DigiLocker has been able to garner over 21 lakh users, the service has not been able to attract much activity given its limited scope in terms of accessibility of government documents. But with ministry of road and transport and CBSE tying up with it, the service may see an increase in traffic. But the government would need to integrate more services like voter ID cards, PAN and other certificates in order for DigiLocker to have larger presence and usage. While it has done well to introduce barcode scanning for users to authenticate documents, a good step would be to allow offline access, much like Dropbox, as connectivity may still be an issue in some areas.

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