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Digital storage for government documents to become a reality in India

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In an effort to streamline bureaucracy and give Indian citizens easier access to important government paperwork and forms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing for every Indian to have their own digital information locker. This “unique digital cloud” would be used to store important documents like birth certificates, school transcripts, college degrees and certifications, passports, pan card, proof of residency and other information.

This idea, if taken to its logical conclusion, would make work and government less dependent on paper documents and keep an individual’s important records in one, easily accessible place. In addition, government benefit information could be stored on the cloud and be available whenever and wherever they are needed.

“The Prime Minister was very clear that he didn't want copies of certificates issued by the government itself to be carried around by people to government offices for various services. For example, if a student is applying for a government college and has studied in a government-aided school, his birth certificate, identity details and educational certificates, school-leaving details et al should be accessible by organizations where he is applying. Similarly for medical records," said Information and Technology Secretary Ram Sewak Sharma to the Economic Times.

The idea is currently being illustrated on India’s MyGov.in portal for review and debate. It is a signal that the current government is serious about liberating policy formulation from what Prime Minister Modi has referred to as the “India International Centre” clique.

Since its debut in May, more than 200,000 people have registered on the MyGov.in portal to find a government job, out of a population of 1.2 billion. The portal has been used to design the Independence Day e-greeting and the logo of the finance ministry. Current projects include ideas for Digital India, Clean India and job creation.

Digital India is the government initiative to supply internet connections to all of its citizens. The plan, announced on August 15, is part of Modi’s plan to provide electronic delivery of government service to all Indian citizens and businesses over the next five years.

Prime Minister Modi was sworn in with the largest popular mandate in the past three decades and his programs to help the poor and disenfranchised have garnered him worldwide attention.

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