Srinagar: The J&K government on Wednesday directed all the government departments and their subordinate agencies to adopt DigiLocker system to provide access to digital documents to people.
Digilocker is a flagship initiative of Government of India, which provides access to authentic documents and certificates in digital format from original issuers of these documents and certificates anytime, anywhere without any physical interface.
“This is one of the key proactive initiatives towards enhancing the effectiveness of the service delivery to the citizens aligned with the philosophy of “minimum government and maximum governance”,” a government order, a copy of which lies with GNS noted.
With a view to ensure hassle free and citizen friendly services, in accessing documents issued by various public authorities, the Departments, Autonomous bodies, Statutory bodies, PSUs, Academic Institutions Agencies etc shall mandatorily integrate their systems with Digilocker for issuance and verification of documents and certificates and also, ensure that documents issued earlier shall also be made available in Digilocker platform, it said.
In order to ensure preservation and retention of information by Intermediaries providing Digital Locker Facilities, Government of India has already notified Information Technology (Preservation and Retention of Information by Intermediaries Providing Digital Locker Facilities) Rules, 2016 vide notification No. G.S.R. 711 (E) dated 21.07.2016, subsequently amended by Information Technology (Preservation and Retention of Information by intermediaries Providing Digital Locker Facilities)Amendment Rules, 2017 notified vide notification No. G.S.R. 111(E) dated 08.02.2017.
“It is, accordingly, impressed upon all Departments /Autonomous bodies/ Statutory bodies/ PSUs/ Academic Institutions /Agencies etc. to integrate Digilocker with software system for issuing and verifying certificates and also, ensure that all certificates, already issued and to be issued in future, are made available on Digilocker platform, at the earliest,” the government order reads, adding, “Further, Information Technology Department will provide necessary technical guidance and logistic support to facilitate adoption of Digilocker.” (GNS)