Despite having the facility of apps like DigiLocker and mParivahan, which allows you to fetch any government document required electronically, for some reason state is rejecting the idea and still bothering the citizens with the formality to provide the original documents.
Now, this idea has a lot of good intention and can solve many problems like discarding fake documents, it will be easy for the general public to safely provide documents through eChallan and many others. And the state authority stills feel to disagree with the idea.
Hence, on 9th August the government issued a statement for the state to accept the driving license and other documents in "electric forms. The ministry's statement goes like this,
"The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued an advisory to states to accept Driving Licence, Registration Certificate or other documents in 'electronic form' presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan platform as valid under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and treat them at par with the certificates issued by the transport authorities".
The step to issue the statement was a response to an RTI application directed to the ministry of transport, where the issue of traffic police not accepting the documents through DigiLocker and mParivahan was raised.
"The advisory clarifies that the DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the mParivahan mobile app of the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has the facility to pull a citizen's driving license or the registration certificate or any other certificate in an electronic form," the statement said.
"These electronic records available on DigiLocker or mParivahan are deemed to be legally recognized at par with the original documents as per the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000."
We all are aware of the law that bounds us to provide the legal documents like a license or certificate of registration etc when demanded. Hence this is the best way to make sure the law is implemented. Soon all the data related to new vehicles and will be uploaded to the same platform's database by IIB.
"If the vehicle registration details on the mParivahan/eChallan app contain the details of the policy which is in force, then the requirement of a physical copy of the insurance certificate is also not to be enforced," it said.
Even in the case of an offense or impound of any documents the database will reflect every action. Hence demanding physical documents is not necessary.
“There would be no requirement of the physical seizure of such documents. This IT-based online verification of certificates is expected to help the enforcement authority in ensuring the genuineness of the details which further would result in better compliance and effective monitoring,” it said.
After knowing all this, the next time you face such a situation, all you need to do is to show these statements made by the MoRTH.