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Government to expand DigiLocker through licensed service providers

Government is looking into expanding DigiLocker through licensed service providers who will provide a platform for storing documents. The service providers will be allowed to levy charges to its users.

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The government today started public consultation on expansion of Digital Locker system with an aim to relieve people from tedious process of physical document submission for admission, bank loans etc. Digital Lockers are like e-mail accounts which can be opened through websites. Citizens who sign up for a DigiLocker account get dedicated online storage space linked to their Aadhaar numbers. Once the DigiLocker account is created, organizations that are registered with Digital Locker can push electronic copies of documents and certificates (such as driving license, voter ID, school certificates) directly into citizen lockers for their use.

“Digital Locker stakeholders are requested to download the documents, read them and send in their comments or suggestions,” the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEITY) said in the consultation note on Digital Locker interoperability documents. The MEITY is now exploring option to provide digital locker facility through licensed service providers who will provide platform for storing documents in digital format and enable technology for sharing it with concerned entities like educational institutes, banks, or any other department. According to the proposed framework, “Digital Locker Service providers may levy charges related to creation (signup) of users accounts and other value added services therein. This charge will not be regulated by the authority.”

The MEITY has issued three proposed draft framework for Digital Locker which are namely Digital Locker Technology Framework, Technology Framework for Electronic Consent and Digital Locker Commercial Models. As a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India project, the government had announced DigiLocker, an online locker facility last year.