Moving ahead with the visionary Digital India Scheme, the Indian government has launched the beta version of digital locker system. The system allows users to store all their documents like certificates, identity proofs etc in digital format on the locker. The locker can be accessed through UID Aadhar Number allotted to every individual.
The digital locker has been launched to end the hassle of carrying all the documents necessary for most government related as well as personal purposes across the country. The documents on the locker are accessible to the user from anywhere upon logging in to the system. The service aims at reducing the use of physical documents.
The three key stakeholders in the digital locker system are the Issuer who is an entity issuing e-documents to individuals in a standard format and making them electronically available e.g. CBSE, Registrar Office, Income Tax department, etc., the requester who is an entity requesting secure access to a particular e-document stored in the repository (e.g. University, Passport Office, Regional Transport Office, etc.) and the resident who is an individual who uses the Digital Locker service based on Aadhaar and OTP (One Time Password) authentication.
The collection of documents on the locker is called a repository which are uploaded by issuers in a standard format. The files can be shared by the user through a secure online mechanism for requesters to access e-documents from various repositories in real-time using e-Document URI (Uniform Resource Indicator) which is a link to the e-Document uploaded by an issuer in a repository.
Storage space in the cloud locker is provided by National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the software for this is developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). Digital Locker will provide every user with 10 MB of data storage space. The service is available only in Beta version as of now and the full version of the project will be made available only by end of this year.
The government has also asked the users to provide their input on the services through the mygov.in website which has been designed to engage users with the government.
Further details on the digital locker system is available here.