To facilitate authentication of documents on the go and on a real-time basis, saving both government agencies’ as well as companies’ considerable time and effort, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) is all set to launch an Aadhaar-based e-sign service in the next one month.
The project will help authenticate and digitally sign documents using biometrics or the mobile number linked to Aadhaar.
Permission for the same has already been granted to the Centre of Development for Advanced Computing (C-DAC) to launch the service. It hopes to unveil the project within a month, after its software which has been developed in-house, passes the technology tests.
Likewise, the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) is currently evaluating bids from tech companies such as HP and HCL Technologies to develop the back-end and the front-end for the technology.
Once operational, this service will relieve the citizens as well as companies of the hassles of obtaining a digital signature certificate to authenticate their documents for a myriad of government services such as filing income tax returns, availing of financial and telecom services and getting different kinds of certificates, reports ET.
Commenting on the matter, Omkar Rai, Director General, Software Technology Parks of India said, “They (citizens) could just use e-sign for all the paperwork, making it less time consuming and more authentic.”
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