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

Significance

  • Now the applicants can benefit from the DigiLocker app while applying to passport-related services from anywhere in the country.
  • Under the new scheme, They 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 the app, the authorized users can access their passport from any location. This would help the users in case the passport is lost.

About Passport Seva Program

In 2010, Government of India introduced Passport Seva Programme to improve the delivery of passport services. Further, this programme has introduced a major digital transformation in the last 6 years.

DigiLocker App

It is a key initiative under the GOI’s Digital India Mission. It 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. Digilocker enables the availability of all documents and certificates which has been uploaded on this cloud. This GOI 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 foreign ministry would also come up with the ePassport for its citizens. It will increase the security and improve the facilitation of the immigration processes at foreign airports. Further, under the Passport Seva Programme V2.0, the GoI will make use of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, chat-bot, Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation and Analytics. This would ease the citizen experience and service delivery.

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