Mumbai: In a new Aadhar-linked facility, Maharashtra government has developed an online repository for important documents like certificates, degrees, etc which are frequently required to apply for any job and other services.
The "Maha Digital Locker" will end the hassle of physically carrying important documents like education and property certificates.
"Our state has done a lot of progress in e-governance and even the central government has praised us for our revolutionary work in the IT field. Even this new programme of ours has earned the appreciation of the Union government," Director of IT department of the State Secretariat, Virendra Singh told PTI.
Elaborating on the specifics of the programme, Singh said, "Everyone who has an Aadhar card can use the e-locker facility by logging in on elocker.Maharashtra.Gov.In. The Aadhar number will be the key to open the person's account. That person can upload and save the scanned copies of all his important documents and can retrieve it whenever required."
He added that uploading certificates like those related to birth, marriage, income and caste certificates on the e-locker will ensure that there is no need to carry them in physical format when they are needed for educational or job purpose.
"We will also get employers signing up with us so that they can directly access their candidate's documents from us. But this will all be very secured. No third person can get access to a particular person's personal information," Singh said.
He said that whenever a person will apply for a document or a certificate at any SETU (project) office, a copy of it will be uploaded by the Gram Panchayat, Tehsil or collectorate office.
When asked to comment on the security features of e-locker that will prevent its misuse, Singh said all documents of a person will be protected by a One Time Password (OTP) that will be sent to the user's mobile phone every time he tries to log in with his Aadhar number.
"A two-way password and a dedicated link will be provided to educational institutes/ employers to ensure that they can access the educational and other certificate of the student or job applicant from the e-Locker at the time of admission," Singh said.
"The project is under trial for now but a pilot project has already been operational in the Wardha district as it is 100 per cent Aadhar enrolled.
"We will be completely able to implement it across the state when the enrolment for Aadhar cards is done. As of now, nearly 95 per cent enrolment has already been completed," he added.