Aadhaar-based e-signature launched

Updated - October 18, 2016 02:46 pm IST

Published - August 03, 2016 04:19 pm IST - Bengaluru

Online legal documentation startup LegalDesk.com has announced the launch of its electronic signing feature, eSignDesk, which allows people to sign documents from remote places.

Built on the Aadhaar platform, eSign is an initiative of the Government of India and meant to save money and time for citizens. It was launched here on Wednesday by Nandan Nilekani, former Chairman of UIDAI which rolled out the identification number for civic services.

Users need to have a registered mobile number associated with the Aadhaar card. The service will be available through the website www.eSignDesk.com and will be offered free of charge to the first 1,000 users. Documents signed electronically using it will be legally valid in the country, the startup said.

The e-signature deters fraud to a large extent as it cannot be replicated or forged; and the content of the document cannot be tampered with. With over a billion Aadhaar card holders and about 25 million transactions taking place every quarter, digital signatures are expected to save time, money and paper.

Mr. Nilekani said, “Digital signatures for everybody is an excellent initiative. This can make the entire documentation process paperless.”

According to Krupesh Bhat and Ashok Kadsur, co-founders of LegalDesk.com, there are many opportunities in the legal-technology space for Aadhaar-based services.

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