DigiLocker Current Affairs - 2020

Employees can now generate Universal Provident Fund account number online

Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), the retirement fund body has launched a facility for formal sector workers to themselves obtain the Universal Provident Fund Account Number on-line. Now the workers in formal sector can themselves generate Universal Account Number from the EPFO’s portal directly. Till now the workers used to apply through their employers to get Universal Account Number.

Key Highlights

The EPFO has developed an internet-based system for workers to get registered on its digital platform. The system was launched by Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar during the EPFO’s 67th Foundation Day celebrations in New Delhi.

A system DigiLocker was also launched for over 65 lakh EPFO pensioners through which they can download their pension-related documents including the Pension Payment Order.

Integration of DigiLocker with Driving Licenses & Vehicle Registration Certificates launched

The Union Government has launched a new service -integration of DigiLocker with Driving Licenses (DL) & Vehicle Registration Certificates (RC).

It was jointly launched by Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi.

Key Facts

  • With this integration people will no longer need to carry around physical copies of their Driving Licences and RCs.
  • Using DigiLocker mobile app, they can instead access digital copies of the same on their mobile phones.
  • Besides, DLs and VRC documents will be now issued directly to the DigiLockers of individuals in digital formats.
  • These digital copies also can be shared with other government departments as identity and address proof.
  • They can also be used for on the spot verification through the citizen’s mobile, by various law enforcement authorities like the Traffic Police.
  • Besides, it will also result in assured authenticity of such documents and reduction of administrative overhead.

Comment

  • DigiLocker is a key initiative under Digital India programme and serves as a platform for issuance of documents and certificates in a digital way.
  • The integration of VRCs and DLs with DigiLocker will bring a major shift in the vision of paperless governance.
  • It will also bring efficiency to the entire process of issuance of driving licenses and vehicle registration certificates through IT enablement.