E-tenders for procurements above Rs 10 lakh. Digital signature certificates are mandatory

In a bid to bring in greater transparency in tendering, from now on all government procurements with an estimated cost of Rs 10 lakh and above are required to be e-tendered by all government departments, with the government launching the online procurement through the e-procurement portal  of the UT https://pudutenders.gov.in

The pilot launch of the online tendering through the e-procurement portal was successfully done by Animal husbandry  department, by awarding a contract worth Rs 58 crore to procure supplies.

The government has already issued guidelines regarding the implementation of e-procurement, notified in the official gazette on March 5,2013. An e-procurement cell has been established in Chief Vigilance Office to monitor this project.

The e-procurement mission mode project under the National e-governance plan is being implemented by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. It will enable secure online submission, payment of tender, fee and Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) and access bid opening event from any place on a 24×7 basis through the internet.  Digital signature certificates are mandatory for e-procurement transactions by both the tender inviting department and bidders. A local help desk is also available and clarification could be sought through e-mail, e-tenders.puduvai@nic.in and phone 2220225 and toll free number 18002337315. – Source: newindianexpress.com

Encryption in MS Outlook

If you work with sensitive data or need to send private documents via email, you may want to encrypt your messages in Microsoft Outlook. When you encrypt an email, only someone who has a corresponding private key is able to read it. Before your recipient can read encrypted emails from you, you will both need to exchange your digital IDs. You can do this by sending a digitally signed email to the recipient and then asking him to send one to you.


To obtain your digital signature certificate, visit http://www.digitalsignature.in/


FAQs on Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

1. What is a Digital Signature Certificate?

Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent (that is electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. Examples of physical certificates are drivers’ licenses, passports or membership cards. Certificates serve as proof of identity of an individual for a certain purpose; for example, a driver’s license identifies someone who can legally drive in a particular country. Likewise, a digital certificate can be presented electronically to prove your identity, to access information or services on the Internet or to sign certain documents digitally.

2. Why is Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) required?
Like physical documents are signed manually, electronic documents, for example e-forms are required to be signed digitally using a Digital Signature Certificate.

3. Who issues the Digital Signature Certificate?
A licensed Certifying Authority (CA) issues the digital signature. Certifying Authority (CA) means a person who has been granted a license to issue a digital signature certificate under Section 24 of the Indian IT-Act 2000.The list of licensed CAs along with their contact information is available on the MCA portal (www.mca.gov.in).4. What are the different types of Digital Signature Certificates valid for MCA21 program?

The different types of Digital Signature Certificates are: Class 2: Here, the identity of a person is verified against a trusted, pre-verified database.Class 3: This is the highest level where the person needs to present himself or herself in front of a Registration Authority (RA) and prove his/ her identity.
5. What type of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is to be obtained for eFiling on the MCA Portal?
DSC of Class 2 and Class 3 category issued by a licensed Certifying Authority (CA) needs to be obtained for efiling on the MCA Portal.6. Is Director Identification Number (DIN) a pre-requisite to apply for DSC?
No.7. What is the cost of obtaining a Digital Signature Certificate?
The cost of obtaining a digital signature certificate may vary as there are many entities issuing DSCs and their charges may differ.8. How much time do CAs take to issue a DSC?
The time taken by CAs to issue a DSC may vary from three to seven days.9. What is the validity period of a Digital Signature Certificate?
The Certifying Authorities are authorized to issue a Digital Signature Certificate with a validity of one or two years.10. What is the legal status of a Digital Signature?
Digital Signatures are legally admissible in a Court of Law, as provided under the provisions of IT
To obtain your digital signature certificate, visit http://www.digitalsignature.in/

Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) Security, Keys, Password & PKI

Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) provide the foundation of a public key infrastructure (PKI). These are electronic credentials, issued by a Certification Authority (CA), that are associated with a public and private key pair. The certifying authorities issue digital certificates, which contain a public key and the identity of the owner. The certificates are issued in PFX (Personal in Formation eXchange) file format protected by a password. Digital certificates are what that makes the digital signatures authentic.

To Obtain your Digital Signature in India, please visit http://www.digitalsignature.in

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Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) in India comes under service tax

All services except those which are in the negative list will become expensive from  01.07.2012 with the implementation of the new service tax regime. With the exception of 38 services, which figure in the negative list, all other activities would attract 12% tax. The government had earlier decided to implement the negative list from July 1.

Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) in India comes under service tax.


To obtain your digital signature certificate, visit http://www.digitalsignature.in/