e-Pramaan would make SMSs a valid documentary proof

Soon, SMSs will be acceptable as “documentary proof” for a variety of citizen-services ranging from making payments to registrations.

The Department of electronics and information technologY (DeitY), a part of the ministry of Communication and Information Technology, is all set to flag off a new online authentication project.

  • The Central Government launched a platform with about 241 applications for the public after completing pilot project of mobile governance with about 100 departments and testing proof of concepts.
  • SMS authentication is part of the e-Pramaan project which has an overall outlay of Rs 23 crore; it will become reality by June 2014.
  • The online authentication project of the Union government would enable SMSs to be used as documentary proof for various registrations and payments.

The applications relate to services will cover areas viz. Right to Information (RTI), health, Aadhaar, education, directory services, etc.

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