How Indian businesses can go paperless with e-signatures

India has always been a frontrunner in digital transformation in order to stay relevant in a highly competitive global economy. Some of the recent innovations backed by Government of India (GOI) include:

  • UIDAI: Unique Identification Authority of India
  • UPI: Unified Payments Interface
  • CoWIN: COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network
  • RuPay:  Global Card Payment Network
  • ONDC: Open Network for Digital Commerce
  • API Setu: Open API platform
  • eSign: Online electronic signature service
  • DigiLocker: Digital wallet for paperless governance 

With the Digital India and Startup India programmes, the Government of India is transforming the country into a digitally empowered society. Let's look at how businesses can adopt electronic signatures, also known as e-signatures, to go paperless, streamline their operations, and stay ahead. 

What is a digital signature?

A digital signature is one form of electronic signature that offers additional signer verification by providing a digital certificate, which is used to create the signature and is attached to the signed document.

Are digital signatures legally valid?

In India, digital signatures are given the same legal status as handwritten signatures and are admissible in court. Digital signatures are used in a number of professional settings, such as government offices that manage contracts, legal offices, the financial sector, and the healthcare field.

Approximately how many businesses use digital signatures now?

The Digital India programme saw more than 31.08 crore e-signatures being issued across agencies, which clearly shows that Indian businesses have started adapting to digital signatures.

Can digital signatures be forged?

No. If your digital certificate is valid and the private key is secure, digital signatures cannot be forged. 

Say hello to digital signatures with Zoho Sign

Zoho Sign is a complete digital signature solution used by tens of thousands of businesses all over India. Zoho Sign helps you send, sign, and manage business paperwork using a simple yet secure cloud-based digital signing process. 

Why should Indian businesses choose Zoho Sign?

Apart from the basic features, Zoho Sign integrates with both Aadhaar eSign and eMudhra eKYC services, with which businesses can securely sign documents from anywhere, at any time. Documents signed this way are not only valid but also recognized under the provisions of the Indian IT Act 2000.
Benefits of these integrations:

  • Easy signer identity verification
  • Faster deal closure and improved customer experience
  • Equivalent to documents signed with pen and paper
Digital certificate-based signatures

In some regions and regulated industries like finance, legal, healthcare, and government, sensitive documents are signed using USB tokens or PFX files for higher identity assurance and legal compliance.

Zoho Sign now offers digital certificate-based signatures in PFX format to help businesses in regulated industries sign documents with the highest level of compliance while ensuring document authentication and integrity.

What else can Zoho Sign offer?
  • Unlimited documents signing, storage, and templates
  • Blockchain timestamping
  • Free migration and onboarding assistance
  • A plethora of integrations with both Zoho apps and third-party apps
  • APIs and SDKs

So why wait? Try the app yourself and let us know your feedback. You can sign up for a free 14-day Enterprise trial here. If you have any questions or input about Zoho Sign, write to us at (if you reside outside the EU) or (if you reside in the EU), or drop your comment below.
Our technical assistance team at Zoho Sign is available around the clock to assist you at no additional cost. Be it getting started with our application, configuring a new feature, or even a personalized demo for your organization, we are happy to help you.


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