Blockchain Solution For Data Security Planned By Indian State Of Uttar Pradeshbr>
The government of Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India, is planning to use blockchain technology to ensure data security of land and revenue records in the state.
Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in the Republic of India as well as the most populous country subdivision in the world. Located in the northern region of the Indian subcontinent, the densely populated state has over 200 million inhabitants. In March 2017, Yogi Adityanath was appointed Chief Minister of the state after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2017 State Assembly elections, in which he was a prominent campaigner.
According to a Business Standard report, the government is planning to implement blockchain in the areas of data security relating to land and revenue records, as well as other departments. Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey reportedly directed state senior officials to build a blockchain solution within the next 6 months. The draft blockchain notification is expected to be prepared within a week and presented before the state Information Technology (IT) department.
“Blockchain technology would not only ensure data security of land and revenue records, but also facilitate online mutation, registration and verification of such records, apart from preventing forgery and tempering,” Pandey said.
After its successful implementation in the revenue department, the UP government intends to roll out blockchain technology in other departments as well.
Other Indian states, such as Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, have also been eyeing the potential of blockchain in good governance. In January of this year, the government of Maharashtra announced that it will be implementing the technology for data security in various departments. In March, the government of Andhra Pradesh partnered with blockchain firm ConsenSys to boost the state’s blockchain ecosystem.
In February of this year, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised blockchain, saying that the technology will “have a profound impact on the way we live and work” in the future.
“Technology will help us create a seamlessly integrated world,” Modi said at the time. “A world where geographic distance no longer remains a barrier in cultivating a better future. Leveraging technology in such a holistic manner was unthinkable some years ago. We have successfully completed this life-cycle in the last three and a half years. This has been possible through a change in public behaviour and processes.”