March 27, 2024
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India Safeguards 8 Million Government Documents on Five Blockchains

In a groundbreaking move towards combating document forgery, India’s National Informatics Centre (NIC) has successfully hosted almost eight million government-issued verifiable documents across five blockchains. Operated under the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), the NIC unveiled a dedicated website showcasing its various blockchain initiatives, highlighting the adoption of Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Sawtooth, and Ethereum platforms.

The documents, encompassing education, property, judiciary, and drug logistics records, are distributed across five blockchain products: certificate chain, document chain, drug logistics chain, judiciary chain, and property chain. Originating from six states and three government departments, including the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, and the Ministry of Justice, these documents enable verification services related to property ownership, birth and death certificates, medicines’ supply chain management, and educational certificates.

A list of type of documents India hosts over the blockchain. Source: blockchain.gov.in

India’s foray into blockchain technology aims to address the persistent issue of document forgery. By leveraging blockchain, the government issues digital certificates that are both verifiable and immutable, safeguarding against alteration or misuse.

The NIC’s blockchain adoption drive extends beyond its current initiatives, with plans for proof-of-concept blockchains dedicated to land records, blood banks, backtracking goods and services tax (GST), and a Public Distribution System (PDS). Last year, Hindustan Petroleum, a major player in India’s oil and gas sector, collaborated with blockchain software firm Zupple Labs to integrate blockchain-based digital credentialing technology into its purchase order system.

India’s nation-wide blockchain implementation drive powered by local governments. Source: NASSCOM

Despite India’s cautious stance on cryptocurrencies, the country has embraced blockchain technology, with various state and local governments actively contributing to its adoption. This strategic move signifies a significant step towards securing the integrity of government-issued documents and curbing fraudulent activities.

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