Welcome to Digital Signature world
Indian Government Digital india e-Governance programme named MCA21. Under the said MCA21 programme, new e-forms have been notified vide GSR No. 56(E) dated 10.02.2006 and statutory filing, in the office of RoC would be on the basis of the new e-forms only. To make these new e-forms legally recognized and authenticate Digital Signature Certificate issued by TCS is required.
Digital Signature Certificate used for e-forms has the same legal recognition and validity as handwritten signatures. Detailed MCA21 programme is available at www.mca.gov.in .
A Digital Signature Certificate, like hand written signature, establishes the identity of the sender filing the documents through internet which sender can not revoke or deny. A Digital Signature Certificate is not only a digital equivalent of a hand written signature it adds extra data electronically to any message or a document where it is used to make it more authentic and more secured. Digital Signature ensures that no tampering of data is done once the document has been digitally signed. A DSC is normally valid for 1 or 2 years, after which renewal is required.
These certificates are accepted for IFFCO, Northern Railway, MCA 21, E-filing, e Tendering (eprocurement) etc…
There are basically 3 types of Digital Signature Certificates
Class-1, Class-2 & Class-3 each having different level of security.
All the authorized signatories of company under MCA21 require Class-2 Digital Signature Certificate.
Similarly any document filed by CA/CS/CWA & TAX PRACTIONERS under MCA21 require Class-2 Digital Signature Certificate.