Indian PM Modi to launch digital locker facility on July 1

Indian Prime Minister’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ plans are soon going to reach next level. On July 1st, PM Modi is to launch a digital locker facility for Indians, an initiative under Digital India programme that would enable them to store their important documents in cloud.

What this facility would mean to Indian citizens is simple. It will give them a secure place on the Web/Cloud, where they can digitally store important documents like PAN card, passport, mark sheets and degree certificates without the fear of them getting lost or damaged.

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As per an official report, “Digital Locker will provide secure access to Government issued documents. It uses authenticity services provided by Aadhaar.”

So, when Indians would get a dedicated personal storage space in the cloud linked to their Aadhaar number, it would enable the following benefits:

1. Eliminate the use of physical documents and enable sharing of verified electronic documents across government agencies.

2. Reduce the administrative overhead of government departments and agencies created due to paper work

3. It will also make it easy for the residents to receive services by saving time and effort as their documents will now be available anytime, anywhere and can be shared electronically

The report further adds that this is an initiative under Digital India programme, and would be open to all Indian citizens. To sign-up for the Digital Locker facility, you only need to update his/her Aadhaar number and a mobile number that is linked to that Aadhaar Number.

Digital India is an initiative of Government of India to integrate the government departments and the people of India. It aims at ensuring the government services are made available to citizens electronically by reducing paperwork. The initiative also includes plan to connect rural areas with high-speed internet networks.

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Digital India has three core components. These include:
The creation of digital infrastructure
Delivering services digitally
Digital literacy.

The project is slated for completion by 2019. A two-way platform will be created where both the service providers and the consumers stand to benefit. The scheme will be monitored and controlled by the Digital India Advisory group which will be chaired by the Ministry of Communications and IT.

– Spadman

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