DigiLocker is a key initiative under Digital India, the Government of India’s flagship program aimed at transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Targeted at the idea of paperless governance, DigiLocker is a platform for issuance and verification of documents & certificates in a digital way, thus eliminating the use of physical documents. The DigiLocker website can be accessed at https://digitallocker.gov.in/.
DigiLocker is a flagship initiative of Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) under Digital India programme. DigiLocker aims at ‘Digital Empowerment’ of citizen by providing access to authentic digital documents to citizen’s digital document wallet. The issued documents in DigiLocker system are deemed to be at par with original physical documents as per Rule 9A of the Information Technology (Preservation and Retention of Information by Intermediaries providing Digital Locker facilities) Rules, 2016 notified on February 8, 2017 vide G.S.R. 711(E).
Benefits to Citizens
Important Documents Anytime, Anywhere!
Authentic Documents, Legally at Par with Originals.
Digital Document Exchange with the consent of the citizen.
Faster service Delivery- Government Benefits, Employment, Financial Inclusion, Education, Health.
Benefits to Agencies
Reduced Administrative Overhead: Aimed at the concept of paperless governance. It reduces the administrative overhead by minimizing the use of paper and curtailing the verification process.
Digital Transformation: Provides trusted issued documents. Issued Documents available via DigiLocker are fetched in real-time directly from the issuing agency.
Secure Document Gateway: Acts as a secure document exchange platform like payment gateway between trusted issuer and trusted Requester/Verifier with the consent of the citizen.
Real Time Verification: Provides a verification module enabling government agencies to verify data directly from issuers after obtaining user consent.
You can now access your documents and certificates from your DigiLocker on your mobile devices.
DigiLocker or digital locker provides access to authentic virtual documents. It is a digital document wallet where you can store your documents such as driving licence, PAN card, Voter ID, policy documents, etc. You can upload the documents and keep these safe when you sign up for a DigiLocker account. You get a dedicated cloud storage space that is linked to your Aadhaar number.
The digital locker helps eliminate use of physical documents and enables sharing of e-documents across government agencies via a mechanism to verify the “authenticity” of the documents online.
Benefits of DigiLocker
Customer benefits: The Digilocker will drive a reduction in costs, elimination of customer complaints relating to non-delivery of policy copy, improved turnaround time of insurance services, faster claims processing and settlement, reduction in disputes, frauds, etc. Some of the other benefits are:
One can save important documents anytime and from anywhere.
One can authenticate document, legally on a par with originals.
One can easily share documents with others.
Faster service delivery – Government benefits, employment, financial inclusion, education, health.
Agencies benefits: Besides policy holders, agencies and organisations will also get the benefit from Digilocker. Here are some of the ways how it helps agencies:
Reduced administrative overhead: The process reduces the administrative overhead by minimizing the use of paper and curtailing the verification process.
Digital Transformation: It provides trusted issued documents. Issued documents available via DigiLocker are fetched in real-time directly from the issuing agency.
Secure document gateway: It acts as a secure document exchange platform like payment gateway between the trusted issuer and trusted Requester/Verifier with the consent of the citizen.