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Digital Lockers: A secure, safe place for documents

DEHRADUN: These lockers are proving to be a boon for residents keen to ensure safety and security of their documents.

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Neena Sharma

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, August 5

The Central Government has launched a ‘Digital Lockers’ scheme.

These lockers are proving to be a boon for residents keen to ensure safety and security of their documents. In Uttarakhand, where natural disasters are frequent, the digital lockers can prove handy for people for the safety of important documents.

The Department of Information Technology, besides encouraging residents to go for digital lockers, has asked the Department of Education to put all its records pertaining to examination results in these lockers.

Following in the footsteps of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which has opted for a digital locker for safekeeping the results released this year of class X and XII, the state government too has asked the Department of Education to take a lead.

“It will be another step in the direction of going paperless. People will be provided 1 GB space for keeping their scanned documents in the digital locker,” said Deepak Kumar, Secretary, Information Technology.

Besides offering secure storage, digital lockers allow one to access their documents irrespective of their physical location. In these lockers, the data is secured under Indian bylaws. The government is also planning to make it a repository of all government documents, which means it may become a one-stop locker for all important government-issued documents, among others.

Besides giving the facility to people at a personal level by providing personal space, the RTO and other public utility departments too can use the digital recorders for keeping licences safely.

“Whenever other departments require to access the documents, such as for making licences etc, people can give the URL link,” Deepak said.

In the coming days, as more departments opt for the Digi lockers, more information is expected to be available online, revolutionising the functioning of governments that were resisting computerisation.

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