On Friday, the Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan launched a new scheme by which an applicant can leverage the DigiLocker platform of the Government of India while applying for passport-related services from anywhere in India.
"With the launch of this new scheme, applicants applying for passport services can provide link to their specific documents uploaded in the DigiLocker. This would enable citizens to submit various documents required for Passport Services through DigiLocker in a paperless mode. They are not required to carry the original documents," a release by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
DigiLocker, an initiative under Digital India, provides citizens with a sharable private space on public cloud-enabling availability of all documents/certificates provided on this cloud.
"Targeted at paperless governance, DigiLocker is a platform for issuance and verification of documents/ certificates in a digital way, thus eliminating the use of physical documents. Further, once passports are also uploaded in DigiLocker, details would be easily accessible to authorized users from any location, which would be useful especially in case of loss of passport," the Ministry's statement further said.
The MEA said this was much improvement in passport-related services in the last 6 years.