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On Monday, Maharashtra govt launched a pathbreaking tech-driven initiative, state's first-ever Online Learner's License system based on Aadhaar Card. This online portal will help in avoiding crowded queues at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) by allowing candidates to get their driving license online. This is a remarkable step given the current circumstances where maintaining social distancing and staying indoors has become a norm.
Register on Sarathi 4.0 to apply online
In order to avail of online license services, applicants have to follow a simple login process. Candidates can access the upgraded 'Sarathi 4.0' portal after paying a nominal fee. After which they can take the online test and wait for the license to be issued once the process is completed. This test will be based on a course module along with road safety videos and it can be taken on a smartphone or laptop.
As per reports, the Transport Minister has termed this initiative as a "revolutionary measure" for this reduces the stressful work environment for the officers involved, especially during this pandemic. Further, it is cost-effective for the state as the initial expenditure amounted to over ₹100 crores.
Online registration for vehicles
Similarly, technology has been deployed to save time, money and energy, besides helping to improve efficiency, for online registration of vehicles as well. On June 8, it was notified that the law for vehicles to be inspected by motor vehicle inspectors or physical documents shall be done away with.
Transport Commissioner stated that- "All the documents will be prepared by the vehicle distributor using Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) in e-signature format and the vehicle registration number will be issued immediately after the dealer pays the taxes and fees."
On average, the state government issues over 15 lakh learner's driving licenses and 20-lakh vehicle registration, through its 50-odd RTOs across the state and this initiative, will facilitate procurement of driving licenses for residents. Online services will ensure that safety is a priority for the Transport Department.
-With inputs from IANS