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Now, get birth certificate on your mobile

Project to be rolled out first in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore; rest of India to be covered over two years. Chetan Chauhan reports.

delhi Updated: Feb 12, 2012 01:39 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times

Soon, getting a birth certificate or a school mark sheet, or transferring money from one bank account to another, will be possible with the click of a button on your mobile phone.

The service will be rolled out in major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and some rural areas by March. The rest of the country will be covered over the next two years.

The service will be made available by the department of information technology’s project called e-pramaan. As the name suggests, e-pramaan is aimed at authenticating a mobile phone user so that he can avail of government services on his mobile phone. "The mobile number would work to prove the genuineness of an applicant," a government official said.

A person who registers for e-pramaan services will be given an m-pin (mobile personal identification number), generated by the national e-governance platform. This unique number can be used to carry out transactions that do not involve money — such as obtaining land records or birth, death and caste certificates.

Ajai Sawhney, president and CEO of the national e-governance plan, said: “We have notified the mobile governance framework that will allow citizens to avail of most of the services without visiting a government office.” The idea is to reduce the interface between citizens and public servants and thus to curb corruption. “The integrated payment gateway for mobile services has already been launched in Goa,” Sawhney said at a workshop this week.

The other facet of the e-governance platform involves the use of a person’s unique identification (UID/Aadhaar) number or national identity card to be issued by the union home ministry. This will be for moneyed transactions.

To start with, banks have been told to open no-frills accounts of mobile users across India. Account holders will be able to transfer money, even to a different bank, on the basis of an m-pin. To withdraw or deposit money, biometric authentication using the UID number will be required.

First Published: Feb 11, 2012 22:12 IST