DigiLocker, the digital locker system launched by the government to securely store documents online, has received good response since its beta launch last month. The locker can be accessed by individuals, using their number.Gujarat tops the list
According to available data, DigiLocker has around 58,698 users and about 53,016 documents online so far. Gujarat tops the user base with more than 9,526 users followed by Uttar Pradesh (8,299 users) and Maharashtra (6,711 users).
Technology companies such as Google and Dropbox offer storage space for users to store documents.
The users can store their documents such as insurance, medical reports, PAN card, passport, marriage certificate, school certificate and other documents in the digital format.
With this, the government is trying to create an electronic version of documents, which can be easily verified and stored in printable format.
The initiative was launched by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, under the Ministry of Communications and IT under the leadership of R. S. Sharma, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), who was also the Director-General and Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
“The launch of DigiLocker was part of Mr. Sharma’s plan to build an application based on Aadhaar for digitally storing documents. In this system, Aadhaar provides a unique identity verification platform for an individual. Aadhaar is a good technology platform, and we want an app ecosystem to be created to support the use of this platform,” said Pramod Varma, now Chief Architect and Technology Advisor to the Unique Identification Authority of India.
Apart from e-documents, DigiLocker can store Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) link of e-documents issued by various issuer departments.
At present, the digital locker gives 10MB of free space for individuals to store documents and links of government department or agency-issued e-documents. The government is also planning to subsequently increase the storage space to 1 GB.