SMS Now Used for Legal Documents in India

SMS for Legal Documents in IndiaThe Economic Times of India reported Monday SMS communications will soon be sanctioned for use as official documents by the Indian government.

Specifically, SMS messages will be permitted as “documentary proof” while utilizing a variety of citizen-services ranging from making payments to registrations.

The Centre today launched a platform with about 241 applications for the public after completing pilot project of mobile governance with about 100 departments and testing proof of concepts. The applications relate to services covering areas such as Right to Information (RTI), health, Aadhaar, education, directory services and so on.

“Like Railways, we have to bring in a system wherein by showing (transaction) SMS or, whatever be the case (like e-mail), the proof on mobile is accepted as valid document,” says Department of Electronics and IT secretary J Satyanarayana. “To increase our reach we need to bring this kind of practice in mobile and e-governance.”

IndiaToday subsequently reported that Joint Secretary at DEITY Rajendra Kumar confirms his department “is ready with digital signature for mobile phones which the government can use in messages that are to be sent to the citizens applying for a service.”

“We will start allocating digital signature (Public Key Infrastructure) to all government department on board in first quarter of 2014. Government departments can send communication on mobile of citizen seeking service,” Kumar was quoted in Monday’s report.

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