Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 15 March 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Digilocker and OTPRMS linking.

1. Digilocker and OTPRMS linking

News Summary

Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced that in order to ensure hassle-free access to verified Online Teacher Pupil Registration Management System (OTPRMS) Certificates, the Ministry of Education has decided to link the certificates with DigiLocker.

Prelims GS – e-Governance

  • DigiLocker is a flagship initiative of the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) under Digital India Corporation (DIC).
  • DigiLocker aims at ‘Digital Empowerment of citizens by providing access to authentic digital documents to citizen’s digital document wallets.
  • The issued documents in the DigiLocker system are deemed to be at par with original physical documents as per Rule 9A of the Information Technology (Preservation and Retention of Information by Intermediaries Providing Digital Locker Facilities) Rules, 2016 notified on February 8, 2017, vide G.S.R. 711(E).

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – e-Governance:

(Note: These are some new initiatives that may be mentioned in the questions related to e-Governance).

Benefits of DigiLocker:
  1. Reduced Administrative Overhead: Aimed at the concept of paperless governance. It reduces the administrative overhead by minimizing the use of paper and curtailing the verification process.
  2. Digital Transformation: Provides trusted issued documents. Issued Documents available via DigiLocker are fetched in real-time directly from the issuing agency.
  3. Secure Document Gateway: Acts as a secure document exchange platform like a payment gateway between the trusted issuer and trusted Requester/Verifier with the consent of the citizen.
  4. Real-Time Verification: Provides a verification module enabling government agencies to verify data directly from issuers after obtaining user consent.

Click here to know more about DigiLocker on the courtesy Official website.



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