Recent news reports of leaked Aadhar information has Indians on edge. Cyber breach is a very real threat in today’s times. Taking this seriously into account, Maharashtra government is planning to introduce blockchain to safeguard its information.
The Principal Secretary of the Information Technology Department of Maharashtra, S.V.R. Srinivas, said that the new technology platform will help the government in data security in departments like revenue, police, land records, students scholarship database, farm loan waiver scheme database.
Maharashtra is not the first state to take this step. Cities such as Bengaluru and Hyderabad have taken already strides with introducing this technology.
In October 2017, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu, revealed that his state’s Revenue and Transport Departments had piloted blockchain systems to store data relating to land ownership records and vehicle titles, respectively.
Recently, it was reported that a Vishakhapatnam-based startup Zebi, was in talks with the government to deploy its big data and digitise their land record data.
In December 2017, West Bengal also started planning to introduce blockchain to protect their confidential data from potential cyber breach.
Srinivas said, “We will soon come out with a Financial Technology policy. The new technology will help in ensuring greater trust, transparency and efficiency in the governance.”
He said that the technology can be used in departments like revenue to store land records, in police to store FIRs and records of criminals, land extracts and in other sectors like health, education.”