The Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DietY) has launched a noble service with the name of DigiLocker, which is a cloud storage that would take ahead the dream of Digital India. As of now, the various cloud storages available to us are services like Dropbox, etc., which are run by private organizations. Read About all other major nation Schemes.
The difference between DigiLocker and other private cloud services is that you can avail a plethora of government information from the cloud as well as use the same server to store and share your personal data.
Key Features of DigiLocker
- DigiLocker would only be accessible to individuals having Aadhar Number
- If your cell number and email address is linked with your respective Aadhar card, you are eligible to access DigiLocker.
- That means, if the mobile number on your Aadhar registration is different from the one that you are using currently, you first need to get it changed at the Aadhar database and then register for DigiLocker.
- At present, the subscribers would be provided with a total server space of 10 MB only. Later on, the space may be upgraded to 1 GB.
Benefits of DigiLocker
Minimize incidences of Fraud
Frauds are a common phenomenon as far as government data is concerned. DigiLocker is said to minimize frauds to a substantial level through digitalization. Every subscriber would be expected to keep him the public data as well as their data secure and to not share it with unauthorized people.
Moreover, DigiLocker would not be accessible from public Wi-Fi sports, thus making it more secure. The data store, process and management would all be made safe and secure.
Quicker Turn – Around – Time for Government Services
How much time at the minimum do you expect to take if you want a PAN Card today? Well, the minimum time required to get a PAN at the earliest would not be less than 2 weeks. Moreover, you would seldom do it yourself. In post probability, you would get it done through an agent, which would incur additional cost on your part.
If the entire process becomes digital, the turnaround time would decrease appreciably. With DigiLocker, you can apply for PAN and make your signatures online. On the other hand, income tax department can receive, validate and process your request online, all within a matter of few clicks.
You can submit your KYC documents online and thus save a lot of your precious time and energy involved in the entire process.
The cost of government services to be reduced at both ends
The entire process of implementing DigiLocker facility would certainly bring down the cost of providing and getting governmental services. On the part of government, less number of staff would be required to do the same volume of work.
On the part of citizen a lot of time and money would be saved if everything is to be done digitally in just few clicks on the computer. Everything may not be done overnight, but gradually every department would come under the ambit of DigiLocker and things would become easy and cost effective for all.
DigiLocker vs. Private Cloud Storage providers
There are a number of private clouds available online. You can choose any of them and they are definitely good to go. However, there are some hassles involved with the usage on any one of them. Moreover, the security factor is something that you would always be concerned of.
With DigiLocker, you have the convenience of using a hassle free service. You don’t need to upload every document you want to share. All the government documents are already there on the cloud. You just need to scan and upload your personal documents and that too just once.
Moreover, security is one thing that you can always be sure of while using DigiLocker. Since it is backed and monitored by Government of India, it would be safe and secure for you to rest with peace of mind that you data is not compromised.
Will minimize the cases of corruption
You can’t imagine a situation 10 years ago, when most of the government process was manual and you had to pay a bribe even to get yourself a ration card. Things have changed over the years and thanks to internet and internet based services for this.
With everything become digital, the manual involvement has certainly minimized and thus the score for corruption too has minimized. If your request for a service is not lying on any table of government office, you would surely not have to pay bribe there.
eSign – Your Digital Signature
eSign is nothing else but your digital signature or a self-attestation. You don’t need to physically sign a document if you have eSigned it. Aadhar numbers and digital signatures would be interlinked. If you digital signature is available on the DigiLocker server, you don’t have to get your signature verified every time.
One of the major benefits of DigiLocker is that you don’t need to pay for your digital signature, where as if you use your digital signature privately, you will have to pay an annual fee in all likelihood.
Access your documents anywhere and anytime
Last but not the least, DigiLocker would provide you the facility to access your documents (official as well as personal) at your own convenience. You would not have to carry along your crucial documents every time you go anywhere for official purposes.
Moreover, you can have access to a number of government documents such as important forms and would not have to run around in departments for application forms. All you need to do is simply visit your DigiLocker, login and download the required form.