10 Things To Know About PM Modi's DIGILocker

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 24, 2015

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Under its Digital India program, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 July will launch DIGILocker, a digital locker facility that will help citizens to digitally store their important documents like PAN card, passport, mark sheets, Voter ID and other important certificates. The Digital Locker will provide secure access to Government issued documents. DIGILocker is already creating a buzz taking the Digital India initiatives a few notches ahead, it is important to explore some important facts about this digital initiative.

1. The Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) has launched the Beta version of this online documents storage facility on 10th Feb,2015, and will be launched formally by the Prime Minister on July 1.

2. DigiLocker will enable digital empowerment of residents by providing them with Digital Locker on the cloud, hosted by National Informatics Centre and the software is being developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).  so as to provide them anytime, anywhere access to the documents.  

3. It will allow users to store all kinds of “government issued” documents, ranging from PAN cards to maybe utility bills and property documents, online. Citizens will be able to access their digital lockers using their Aadhaar number and mobile number.  Citizens can store certificates like degrees, PAN Card, Aadhaar, BPL certificate, passport etc. 

4. Citizens will be able to avail a maximum of 10MB storage space, which is expected to increase till 1 GB using their Aadhaar numbers to sign up. Once the Aadhaar number has been entered, a one-time password (OTP) will be sent to your registered mobile phone to initiate the first log-in. After that, users would be able to set their own passwords, and line the account to Google and Facebook for easy access in future.

5. The service will let users upload a range of documents from utility bills to education certificates and other documents issued by the government. A user can upload files up to 1 MB in PDF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, BMP and GIF formats from the local machine to the digital locker. 

6. The government is also launching an e-Signature service with DIGILocker, and make them available online - thereby minimizing the use of physical documents. The documents can be self attested by the individuals using digital signatures, and even government agencies can store their documents on this network.

7. The key purpose of the digital locker is to minimize the resubmission of physical documents and provide a framework where authenticated certificates can reside thereby minimizing fraud. 

8. There are other popular online lockers like like DropBox and Evernote where users can securely save a variety of digital files. Extra storage and services are mostly paid. DIGILocker is expected to work in a similar way.

9. Once a user uploads his documents in the electronic format, he will be able to share the same online with a registered agency or department of government. One can also see the list of agencies issuing e-documents and also those which have accessed one’s documents.

10. The DIGILocker initiative gives an indication that the government wants to take most documentation virtual. When rolled out successfully can help the government and citizens in saving huge money and resources. The move can clearly reduce time as well as administrative overheads.