Government of India Now Allows You To Store Your Documents Online With DigiLocker Facility

The new government initiative, DigiLocker, not only helps you save your crucial documents but gives you easy access to them too. Learn all about it here.

The innovation of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has come to the fore while launching the DigiLocker system on February 10, 2015. DigiLocker, a national Digital Locker system will be an Aadhar-linked facility for the citizens of India.

The DigiLocker, which is quite fool-proof taking into account the insecurities regarding losing our data, acts as an important facility to store crucial documents in the cloud. The technological initiative is a part of Prime Minister’s Digital policy for India. This cloud system can store documents like Voter ID Card, Pan Card, BPL Card, Driving License, education certificates, etc.

The initiative is implemented to create ‘digital empowerment’ among the masses. The digital storage system acts as a helping hand in providing data to government agencies, departments, and applying for different jobs.

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The numerous physical documents can be a huge administrative burden. The DigiLocker system shall help in reducing the burden both for the department and the citizen. Furthermore, the digital system will help in easing the authenticity troubles confronted by the Government of India.

The issue of providing multiple copies for a job can be resolved by this innovative move. The e-locker shall save our income certificate, birth certificate, education certificate, etc. which can be made easily accessible to the government departments one seeks to apply.

One can also e-share their documents with any registered agency or department. The access to government issued documents through this portal and mobile application will be hindrance-free.

For instance, when applying for a driving license, the Regional Transport Office can issue the document and thus, upload it in the designated repository. The document will then be pushed to the concerned resident’s Aadhar card number. In this case, RTO is called the ‘issuer’.

Another major advantage of this system is that one can e-sign the documents and have a monopoly over 10 MB personal space which might be increased to 1 GB if need be. Since the data will be a part of the personal account, it ensures privacy. Moreover, for those who do not have a Unique Identification Number, e-Aadhar can be downloaded from the DigiLocker portal.

The stakeholders of the Digital System are the ones who can access the accounts which include the residents, issuers, and requesters. However, soon the government is planning to be the issuer or requesting agency on the board.

Issuers of documents can be – Registrar office, Income Tax department, RTO, educational institutions etc. Basically, it is the authority that makes a document electronically available.

Requesters of documents can be – Employers, Universities, Passport Office etc. This particular party wants to have a secure access to the documents.

Resident can be – One  who uses the Digital Locker service based on Aadhar and OTP (one time password) authentication.

The following are guidelines to activate the DigiLocker account :

1. Visit the website – digitallocker.gov.in

2. Enter your Unique identification number: Aadhar card number.

3. After signing up, a one time password will be sent by UIDAI to the registered email id and mobile number.

4. Enter your one time password, and validate it by clicking ‘Validate OTP’.

5. The screen will show various menu options available.

6. One can upload various documents like Pan card, Voter Id, SSC Certificate etc. The documents put on the portal shall be available under ‘Uploaded documents’.

7. One can share their documents by clicking ‘Share’ , under the menu ‘My certificates’

8. My Profile – This section will explain the profile of the resident.

9. My Issuer – This section displays the Issuer name and the number of documents issued to the resident by the issuer.

10. My Requester – This section displays the Requester name and the number of documents requested from the resident by the requester.

11. Directories – This section displays the complete list of registered Issuers and Requesters along with their URL.

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To share any document, one has to click the ‘share’ option against the document. On clicking, a box will pop up in which one has to enter the email address of the recipient. The document will be shared via email. The recipient will receive an email from ”[email protected]”. The subject line will denote the document name and document type. The content of the email will have the URI – Uniform Resource Indicator link of the document and the sender name and UID number. The recipient can access the document using URI link provided.

In brief, the DigiLocker system is an imperative measure to collect our data and store it in one particular account. The insecurities regarding misplacing our documents are always present. The government of India has initiated a wonderful service that can potentially make it easy to accumulate our documents and acquire them from different authorities. The linkage of the system with the Unique Identification number is a significant measure to maintain the privacy of the citizens of India. We do hope for its success.

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About the author: Manisha Chachra is confused yet ambitious, kind yet perpetually irritated. A writer in heart, mind and soul, a revolutionary in the making, defined and defining through words.

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