DigiLocker is a flagship initiative of the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) as part of the Digital India Programme. DigiLocker intends to provide citizens with ‘Digital Empowerment’ by allowing them to access authentic digital documents through a Digital Document Wallet.
The Government is aiming for the digital transformation with a philosophy ‘Minimum Governmnet and Maximum Governance’, and it has identified three key layers- i) Cashless layer, ii) Paperless Layer and iii) Presenceless Layer. Cashless layer is taken care of by NPCI through the Digital Cashless transfer and the presenceless layer is been achieved by UIAI via Aadhaar and finally, the Paperless Layer is been addressed by DigiLocker adressing the eKYC, esign and verification process.
So, DigiLocker’s mission is eliminating the need for physucal documents and facilitate the sharing of e-documnets among institutions and organisations using a process that verifies the ‘authenticity’ of the documents online. As to Rule 9A of the Information Technology (Preservation and Retentionof Information by Intermediaries providing DigiLocker Facilities) Rules, 2016, notified on February 8, 2017 via G.S.R. 711, issued documents in the DigiLocker system ae regarded to be on par with oroinal physial documents (E).