New scheme launched to integrate Passport services with Digi Locker

The Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan has launched a new scheme that integrates the Passport services with the Digi Locker. With the launch of this scheme, the passport application in India had now been made even easier.

Significance of the move

  • Now the applicants can benefit from the DigiLocker platform while applying to passport-related services from anywhere in India.
  • The new scheme would provide link to the specific documents of the applicants while applying for passport that they have uploaded in the Digilocker.
  • Thus, the applicants can now upload their documents in paperless mode. They need not carry the original documents.
  • Once the passports are also uploaded in DigiLocker, the authorized users can access their passport from any location. This would help the users in case the passport is lost.

Passport Seva Program

The passport programme was introduced in the year 2010 to improve the delivery of passport services. Further, this programme has introduced a major digital transformation in the last six years.

DigiLocker

Digilocker is a key initiative under the Digital India Mission. This initiative aims to transform India into the digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. This platform provides citizens a private space on a public cloud which is sharable. It enables the availability of all documents and certificates which has been uploaded on this cloud. This initiative targets at the paperless governance. Since, through this platform, documents can be issued and verified in a digital way.

ePassport

Apart from this, the ministry would also come up with the ePassport for its citizens. The ePassport will increase the security and improve the facilitation of the immigration processes at foreign airports. Further, in the Passport Seva Programme V2.0, the government will make use of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), chat-bot, Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Analytics. This would ease the citizen experience and service delivery.

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