Why India Absolutely Needs Digital Signatures?

This is dedicated to everyone who went through too many hassles because digital signatures are still considered with a wary eye.

In the simplest terms, digital signature is a legally valid electronic fingerprint substituting wet signature. It allows digital authentication of documents which otherwise would have to be needlessly printed out and physically signed. This reduces the time, money and efforts invested in doing voluminous paperwork. Digital signature, unlike its physical counterpart cannot be extracted, copied or stored. It is legally valid and non-repudiated in the Indian court of law.

According to research firm MarketsandMarkets, the global digital signature market will be worth 2.6 billion dollars by 2021, almost a four-fold increase from last year. In India, adoption of digital signatures is on a steady rise. In fact, central and state governments like Andhra Pradesh and Kerala have already started using digital signatures to expedite all process.

Presently, India is bullish on showcasing itself at par with its global counterparts with various initiatives like Digital India, India Stack and DigiLocker. Such initiatives have helped India grow into an almost cashless economy and at the same time reduce our dependency on paper. Though India has started appreciating digital signatures and its numerous pros, the country is still far from embracing it on a larger scale. I have listed below a few points which states that it is high time for India to realize the importance of digital signatures and make it a norm.

Digital Signatures for a paperless India

Digital signatures play a crucial part in pushing India towards being a paperless country. Paper based documents are vulnerable to being misplaced or damaged. With digital signatures, documents can be easily shared with different hierarchy levels for approval within no time and once these documents are signed, they can be stored digitally. This enables easy access to the required documents from anywhere, at any given time and also reduces the need for storage infrastructure.

Moreover, digitally stored documents drastically reduce the time for manually searching a document thus enhancing the productivity and profitability of any entity.

Digital Signatures to reduce carbon footprint

The paper consumption in India is a whopping 13 million tons. This number can be lowered significantly by integrating paperless solutions to avoid the unnecessary printing of papers resulting in reduction of India’s carbon footprint.

Digital Signatures improves ease of doing business

In a recent World Bank report titled ‘Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All’, getting a digital signature is the first and most important parameter to rate countries for setting up operations in India. Encouraging adoption of digital signatures will help to elevate India’s rankings. The government is in touch with companies providing digital signatures to be able to accelerate this process to improve its global standings.

To make our Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Digital India’ a reality, it’s time for us to adopt digital signatures without skepticism and make it a truly digital nation.

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Where can I purchase a Digital Signature Certificate?

Legally valid Digital Signature Certificates are issued only through a Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA), Govt. of India,licensed Certifying Authorities (CA), such as eMudhra.
eMudhra, a Certifying Authority (CA) licensed by CCA, offers secure digital signatures through various options tailored to suit individual as well as organizational needs.
You may purchase Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) through Authorised Registration Authority of eMudhra : Ishika Technologies www.digitalsignature.in Call +919432644547

How does a Digital Signature Certificate work?

A Digital Signature Certificate explicitly associates the identity of an individual/device with a pair of electronic keys – public and private keys – and this association is endorsed by the CA. The certificate contains information about a user’s identity (for example, their name, pincode, country, email address, the date the certificate was issued and the name of the Certifying Authority that issued it).
These keys complement each other in that one does not function in the absence of the other. They are used by browsers and servers to encrypt and decrypt information regarding the identity of the certificate user during information exchange processes. The private key is stored on the user’s computer hard disk or on an external device such as a token. The user retains control of the private key; it can only be used with the issued password.
The public key is disseminated with the encrypted information. The authentication process fails if either one of these keys in not available or do not match. This means that the encrypted data cannot be decrypted and therefore, is inaccessible to unauthorized parties.

Class II B Company Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) for VAT / Sales Tax Returns Filing in West Bengal

“Only Class II B (Class 2B) Company Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) will be registered for availing Directorate of Commercial Taxes eServices
w.e.f. 15.9.2013. All DSC issued by CA before 15.9.2013 on Individual basis can be registered for the purpose of availing Directorate of Commercial Taxes eServices.”

Mandatory Submission of Return using Digital Signature under WBVAT

In its continuous endeavour to promote e-governance among citizens, the Directorate has decided to extend the facility of submission of return using digital signature to larger number of registered dealers with effect from quarter ending 30th June, 2016. Accordingly the West Bengal Value Added Tax Rules 2005, has been amended through Notification No. 1024-F.T. dated 21.07.2016.

According to the amendment, all registered dealers filing return in Form 14/14D/15/15R having turnover of sales or contractual transfer price or both in the immediate previous year, i.e., 2015-16, in excess of rupees fifty lakhs or having registration under the Companies Act, 1956, or the Companies Act, 2013, shall have to furnish return using DIGITAL SIGNATURE mandatorily from quarter ending 30th June, 2016, in terms of amended rule 34A(3) of WBVAT Rules, 2005. These dealers need not submit any signed hard copy of the said return furnished on line or the acknowledgement thereof, at the Charge Office/ LTU/ Central Section, as the case may be.

All registered dealers falling under the category as mentioned above, who do not have Digital Signature Certificate (DSC), are requested to procure the same and get it registered with this Directorate immediately to avail of the service. DSC registration with the Directorate can be done using the website http://www.wbcomtax.gov.in

Registered dealers not falling under the above category, may also submit return electronically using DSC, or alternatively send the single page signed acknowledgement in Form 14e/15e/15Re, as the case may be, to Central Receiving Section at the address noted therein so that it reaches the said address within fifteen days from the expiry of the due date of furnishing the return electronically.

Thus, the need for filing of hard copy of the entire return is done away with. We expect a saving of approximately 5 crore pages of printing every year. All dealers are advised to obtain DSC at the earliest convenience.

TRADE CIRCULAR NO. 05/2016 DATED: 25.07.2016

Class 2B Digital Signature Certificate ensures convenient and enhanced Security in Filing E Tenders. A digital Signature Certificates authenticates the identity of the person filing the Tender Information. An organization needs to obtain a class 2B digital signature certificate in the name of the authorized representative to submit the Bids and tender documents online. Class 2B Digital Signature Certificate are issued only to authorized Individuals of the an Organisation.

A signing Certificate ensures that the message is not tampered in transit and also verifies the identity of the person filing the Tender. An Encryption certificate encrypts the data in a cipher text so that only the intended Person can read the message.

Download Form to apply Class 2B DSC for West Bengal (WB) VAT / Sales Tax Return Filing



ATTESTATION PROCEDURE for Digital Signature Certificate:

  • (a) Attestation of supporting documents by RA will not be allowed.
  • (b) The documents are to be attested only by Group A/B Gazetted Officers / Bank Manager / Post Master.
  • (c) The Attesting Officers should also specify their Name, designation, office address and contact number.
  • (d) The list of Gazetted Officers are also listed in CCA Guidelines.
  • (e) The signature of applicant has to be in Blue-ink only.

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  • In place of physical verification, now CA / RA will make a video recording of the applicant for a specified time duration.
  • Before providing final Approval, Certifying Agency will verify the applicant through a video recording.
  • Applicant will have to answer a specific set of questions to establish his identity
  • This recording will happen directly in CA System, in a tamper proof way. That means, if RA is recording the video, the recording has to be made in CA provided software / portal, and will be directly recorded to CA System
  • Old videos or the videos sent over email or downloaded from web, etc will not be allowed.
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Mobile Verification for all Classes of Certificate

Mobile Verification for all Classes of Digital Signature Certificate

Before Approval of DSC, Certifying Agency will make a telephonic verification with applicant, through the mobile number provided in application.
The mobile number should also be unique in each application, as is currently in the case of email ID

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Aadhaar EKYC Process for DSC

Aadhaar EKYC Process for DSC

Aadhaar EKYC is a paperless process for Digital Signature Issuance where in identity and address of the subscriber are verified through aadhar authentication. This a convenient mode of obtaining Digital Signature (DSC) as there is no need to submit the Hard copies of Form and documents and no need to attestation of any documents. Further Mobile Verification, Video Recording (For Class 3 DSC) is NOT REQUIRED under EKYC Mode

Biometric Device – Finger Print Scanner will be required for Authenication using EKYC Mode

Comparison of process for Individual Digital Certificate
Normal Process Aadhaar eKYC
Attestation on ID & Address proof Required Not Required
Mobile Verification Required Not Required
Email Verification Required Not Required
Video Verification Required for Class 3 Not Required
Advantage of Aadhaar eKYC
According to Identity Verification Guidelines of CCA, the normal KYC process requires paper documents to be submitted, which should contain the attestation by Gazetted Officer / Bank Manager / Post Master. Subsequently CA should also carry out Mobile verification, Email Verification and Video Verification (in case of class 3) of the subscriber, as per details provided in application form.
Using Aadhaar eKYC, the hassles and the delays of attestations and other verification is brought to minimum. Thereby ensuring faster processing and issuance of Digital Certificate.

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A digital signature (not to be confused with a digital certificate) is a mathematical technique

A digital signature (not to be confused with a digital certificate) is a mathematical technique used to validate the authenticity and integrity of a message, software, or digital document.

A digital signature is a mathematical scheme for demonstrating the authenticity of a digital message or document. A valid digital signature gives a recipient reason to believe that the message was created by a known sender, such that the sender cannot deny having sent the message (authentication and non-repudiation) and that the message was not altered in transit (integrity). Digital signatures are commonly used for software distribution, financial transactions, and in other cases where it is important to detect forgery or tampering.


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