Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) will provide facilities to create and install digital signature for government staff through an independent platform.
The move comes after digital signatures were made mandatory in all government offices for the staff to receive salary and other benefits through Service Payroll and Administrative Repository for Kerala (SPARK) portal.
KITE intervened after several government offices including Public Education department had to approach proprietary software providers to create digital signatures. The salary of over seven lakh employees working in 27,797 offices are being paid through SPARK.
All the independent softwares necessary for the functioning of the drivers which run the digital signature token equipment will be available in the IT@school Gnu Linux operating system prepared by KITE.
KITE will provide the trust key, Prox key and e-pass which are used as digital signature token equipment. KITE will also provide support to operate these equipment in client software and to register in BIMS and SPARK websites.
The special installation script and video tutorial will be available on the website kite.kerala.gov.in from August 2, said K. Anvar Sadath, Vice Chairman and Executive Director of KITE.
All district offices of KITE will organise workshops and help centres in this regard from August 2. Staff taking part in the workshops must bring laptops and digital signature token equipment.
Those interested in switching from proprietary to independent operating software should contact the respective district offices. If needed, KITE will make use of Little KITES clubs for this purpose.