The Government has announced that it now recognises the SMS as an official document. It can now be used by citizens as documentary proof while making payments, during registrations or any other scheme while using a Government service. The services covered include RTI, health and Aadhaar services.
The Government is aiming at the 90 crore mobile subscriber market in India with the launch of the ‘Mobile Seva’ service. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology had already devised the digital signatures for mobile phones for citizens applying for the service.
830 departments including those from the Centre, State and local bodies are on board to use the new service. According to the department, allocation of the digital signatures to all the departments will begin from the first quarter of 2014. The department has also given itself 6 months to bring all applications to HTML5 standard in to solve compatibility issues.
The department is also planning on expanding the scope on m-governance in the country through a third phase which will add more service applications to the store. The Government has in recent times been trying to make huge strides in mGovernance. In January this year, the Government had rolled out a set of mGovernance applications for Android and Java through its app store.