India made a huge step forward in the world of making life digital, by launching a smartphone app called DigiLocker. This new app will allow users to store their government issued documents like Aadhar card, PAN card, Driving license, Vehicle RC, etc digitally.
Available only for Android smartphones as of now, the new DigiLocker smartphone app from Government of India is a step towards PM Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India.
The cloud-based system is easy to use. All you have to do is open Play Store on your android smartphone and search for DigiLocker app by MeitY, Government of India. Once installed, you will need to signup by entering your phone number and generating OTP. Once this is done, you are all set to link your existing govt issued documents to the cloud-based DigiLocker app.
Once you have successfully uploaded the documents (be it driving license, pan card, aadhar card, etc), you no longer need to keep an original copy handy. For example, if a traffic cop asks you to show your driving license, you can open this app and show him the stored digital copy of your driving license.
The app also comes with a ‘share’ feature. Apart from showing your govt id, you can also share the said id when required. For eg, when buying a new SIM card, or opening a new bank account, one of the documents required is your Aadhar card. All you have to do is share the digital copy of your Aadhar card from the DigiLocker app with the bank or SIM card provider, and you are good to go.
This new initiative is a joint effort of Minister of Road Transport and Highways & Minister for Information and Technology. At the launch today, Mr Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways said – “It will help in bringing transparency. People will be happy that through it vehicle documents can be registered. This will help in people getting rid of corruption.”
Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Information and Technology, said – “DigiLocker has become a different and unique symbol of digitisation. Its usage will be speeded up in a great way in the next one year.”
DigiLocker website claims that they already have over 21.5 lakh registered users who have uploaded over 24.91 lakh documents. Sadly, when we tried to register for the app, it did not work. Probably due to the heavy load the system is facing.