Workshop on DigiLocker held

OpenForge registers encouraging response
Report by: 
ARUN BARLA
Port Blair
12 Feb 2019

The two-day workshop on DigiLocker & OpenForge organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, DBRAIT and the Department of Information & Technology, A & N Administration witnessed encouraging participation on its inaugural day on Tuesday. Sponsored by National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity), Government of India, participants for the workshop were from different departments of the administration including schools and higher educational institutions for DigiLocker and participants for OpenForge are from IT Department, SeMT members, State NIC units, State Software Development Agencies and Academia involved in software development. Resource persons from the National e-Governance Division (NeGD), GoI are imparting necessary orientation to the participants attending the workshop.
The Govt of India is giving thrust on implementation of two key initiatives under Digital India Programme viz. DigiLocker and OpenForge. DigiLocker is aimed at transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. DigiLocker ties into Digital India’s visions areas of providing citizens a shareable private space on a public cloud and making all documents/certificates available on this cloud.  It is a platform for issuance and verification of documents & certificates in a digital way, thus eliminating the use of physical documents.
Though OpenForge, the government wants to promote the use of open source software and promote sharing and reuse of e-governance related source code. The objectives of OpenForge include providing a platform for maintaining code repositories and version control for government source code, promote a culture of open collaborative application development between public agencies and private organizations, citizens and institutions, reduce development cycles and fasten the rollout of e-governance applications in the country, deliver e-governance services and solutions of higher quality and security through increased transparency and mass peer review and to reduce e-governance project cost and bring down total cost of ownership through a system of reuse, remixing and sharing.