Government's DigiLocker To Add Passports, Tax Returns To Its Digital Shelves

DigiLocker, the government’s online document storage platform, is set to broaden its range of services. It plans to store income-tax returns, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation statements, and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act job cards soon. Passports and voter IDs will also become available as part of this expansion.

What Happened? Per an Economic Times report, this initiative will simplify processes like loan applications and employment verifications. DigiLocker, which already works with 2,311 issuers, aims to cooperate with all government departments to provide citizens with easy access to their documents.

Organisations, ranging from government departments to financial institutions, can issue digital documents and certificates through DigiLocker, benefiting its 174 million registered users. Real-time fetching of documents from issuing agencies enables swift data verification.

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More to add to your digital folder: Further developments include facilities for updating individuals’ addresses across various government agencies using DigiLocker and Aadhaar, and setting up an Entity DigiLocker. The latter will allow small and large businesses and charitable trusts to securely store and share documents online with authorities, banks, and other entities.

The most popular documents on DigiLocker include the Aadhaar card, UAN card, policy document, PAN verification record, and two-wheeler insurance policy. As digital credential wallets grow in popularity, DigiLocker is also attracting global attention as a potential model for other countries.

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