Digital Locker, part of the , aims to abolish the practice of carrying physical documents and submitting them to various schools, colleges, educational institutes and government agencies. It enables the government departments to access one’s documents in digital form linked to his or her Aadhaar number. According to the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, over 1,00,000 digital lockers have been opened up by Indian citizens in just 100 days (till May 29, 2015). Also Read - Indians Prefer Child Education Over Marriage When It Comes To Saving Money

Top 3 states where people have registered for this facility are Madhya Pradesh (more than 24,000 registrations), Uttar Pradesh (more than 17,000 registrations) and Gujarat (more than 13,000 registrations). Also Read - UPSC Recruitment 2021: Applications Invited for Various Posts, Here's How You Can Apply

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is one of the key initiatives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which aims to modernize the functioning of government departments and reduce paperwork. Once individuals upload their documents like birth certificate, domicile certificate, caste certificate, and educational certificates on the Digital Locker, they will remain safe and easily accessible. It will become convenient to get them verified and one will be able to print them, whenever required.

Government processes like issuance of SIM cards, driving licenses and LPG gas connections and admission and verification processes of several government-run institutes will become quicker and hassle-free.

Digital Lockers are considered a much safer storage place for documents. Digital documents of an individual will not get lost or destroyed like physical documents do, in case of natural disasters and other crises situations. The threat of counterfeiting documents will also get eliminated.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the biggest education board in India, has already announced that the CBSE will start issuing mark sheets and certificates in too from 2015. The government is trying to bring all the educational institutes on board to start issuing certificates that can be stored in digital lockers. The Department of Electronics & IT is also working with other entities to issue certificates and documents in digital formats. Other entities include state education boards, government departments that issue Voter ID card and PAN card, Oil PSUs that issue LPG books, and state government departments that issue ration cards.

All the various documents will be linked to Aadhaar number of the individuals. To share the documents with someone, one will just have to click the ‘Share’ button and the recipient will receive them through e-mail.

The beta version of the locker is being maintained by the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and the Maharashtra government.

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