Digi Locker stands for Digital Locker and is part of the Digital India Programme started by PM Narenrda Modi. It is aimed at doing away with paper documents like PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID, and Driving Licence which are required almost everywhere as identity proofs. It is a step of moving towards electronic documents.
DigiLocker is the Solution
Physical paper document can be replaced by Electronic Document. There won’t be any need for submission of multiple paper copies but Online sharing with Digilocker can be done which can be available anywhere anytime rather than restriction on physical availability. It would be having authentic documents. There will be digital empowerment of citizens by reducing overhead of Government and the departments and self-certification of documents can be done via eSign facility. A registered requester can retrieve a document of citizen securely.
Signing up for a DigiLocker
Any person having valid Aadhar number and mobile can sign up for DigiLocker. However the mobile number must be linked with the Aadhar number. While registering, when valid Aadhar number is entered, a One Time Password is sent via SMS to the linked mobile number. On entering the valid OTP, account gets created. In case, the mobile number is not linked to Aadhar, an alternate way of registering is by way of scanning
eSign is Online Electronic Signature Service. This permits a user to digitally sign a document via Aadhar e-KYC based authentication. This way one can avoid hardware based token for using digital signature. Currently eSign facility is being provided by eMudra, nCode and C-DAC. Sharing of Issued documents will be though a Uniform Resource Identifier.
Regulatory Framework and Security Rules
Regulatory framework Ministry has released draft rules under the Information Technology Act 2000, called “Information Technology (Controller of Digital Locker) Rules, 2016”. These rules were put up in public domain for public consultation till Feb. 3, 2016.
The Rules provide for administration of digital locker system by the Controller of Digital Locker through DigiLocker Service providers. Some of the salient aspects of draft rules are:
- Appointment of Controller of Digital Locker
- Licensing of DigiLocker Service providers
- Controller to specify terms and conditions, maximum fees, procedure and eligibility for Service Providers
- Audit and Security guidelines
Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are the top states in terms of registrations. Digi locker uses 256 Bit SSL Encryption for information transmitted during any activity. Data is backed up in secure environment. If a user has logged in and there is prolonged period of inactivity, the session is automatically terminated. At this moment, it may seem to be of little use to most of us, still it makes sense to create account and upload important documents in DigiLocker. As more issuers and requesters join the system, it will be extremely easy and convenient to submit through DigiLocker.
Ipsita Mishra, Associate @ SAPAA. She did her BALLB from NLU Odisha. A writer, Food enthusiast and an adventurer who loves traveling. She primarily likes working at the Confluence of Law & Policy.
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