DigiLocker, the digital locker system launched by the government to securely store documents online, has received good response since its beta launch last month. The locker can be accessed by individuals, using their number.
- According to available data, DigiLocker has around 58,698 users and about 53,016 documents online so far.
- Gujarat tops the user base with more than 9,526 users followed by Uttar Pradesh (8,299 users) and Maharashtra (6,711 users).
- It is dedicated personal storage space, linked to each resident’s Aadhaar number. DigiLocker can be used to securely store e-documents as well as store Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) link of e-documents issued by various issuer departments. The e-Sign facility provided as part of DigiLocker system can be used to digitally sign e-documents.
- The initiative was launched by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, under the Ministry of Communications and IT.
- Here, the users can store their documents such as insurance, medical reports, PAN card, passport, marriage certificate, school certificate and other documents in the digital format.
With this, the government is trying to create an electronic version of documents, which can be easily verified and stored in printable format.
- At present, the digital locker gives 10MB of free space for individuals to store documents and links of government department or agency-issued e-documents. The government is also planning to subsequently increase the storage space to 1 GB.
- It will minimize the use of physical documents and will provide authenticity of the e-documents.
- It will provide secure access to Govt. issued documents.
- It will also reduce administrative overhead of Govt. departments and agencies and make it easy for the residents to receive services
Sources: The Hindu, PIB, digitallocker.gov.in.