Digital signature implemented in Nepal


The government is bringing digital signature into implementation from Wednesday.

Minister for Information and Communication Technology Sherdhan Rai on Monday said President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will launch the digital signature amid a function on Wednesday.

Digital signature is a government-certified identification code attached together with a message to authenticate digital documents and emails by the sender to verify that the document is actually generated by the sender or the signatory who send the document to ensure that the document sent is not modified.

Though the government had launched digital signature back in 2012, it has not come into implementation yet in the absence of necessary infrastructure.

“Now we have readied all the required infrastructures. We will launch digital signature by providing digital tokens to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Minister for ICT Sherdhan Rai on Wednesday itself,” Birendra Mishra, director general of Office of the Controller of Certification (OCC), said.

He also said general public would be able to get digital signature after 15 to 20 days. “There are some legal and payment policy to be discussed before digital signature is issue to public,” he added.

Once digital signature is launched, bank and financial institutions, travel agencies and governmental agencies that conduct e-Transaction can be assured on payment security.

“Now that we are launching digital signature, all digital transaction can be authenticated using a digital code,” said Mishra.

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