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Tamil Nadu to Introduce Blockchain to Verify Transactions

July 12, 2019 16:32
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Following in the footsteps of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu has announced that it will introduce blockchain technology to authenticate transactions. The announcement was made by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in the Assembly on Friday, reported news portal Times of India.

The Chief Minister stated that blockchain technology will provide cyber security and data integrity to applications focused on citizen engagement and experience. A senior IT official said, “Data stored using blockchain technology cannot be altered. TNeGA (which is an e-governance agency) will build a blockchain platform for the Tamil Nadu government, at a cost of approximately, Rs40.80 crore to be offered as a service to all government departments without them having to maintain a blockchain node. They shall be able to verify the data in the blockchain independently without hosting the node.”

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Last year, the Karnataka government drew up a blockchain roadmap in collaboration with the Bengaluru Tech Summit.

The roadmap talked about all the initiatives that have been introduced in different states in India. For instance, it talked about how Andhra Pradesh in collaboration with CII, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted an agriculture-based hackathon to open up the dimensions of technology in agricultural sector and value chain.

Previously we had reported that West Bengal was in the process of introducing a distributed ledger based blockchain solution Proof of Concept (POC) to enable land registration, transfers and mutations, duty payments, record modifications, verifications and reporting functionalities. Apart from that government think-tank Niti Aayog and government of Rajasthan are also testing different functionalities of distributed ledger technology.

In December last year, West Bengal recorded the first birth certificate on blockchain. Month-old Divit Biyani became the first in the state, to secure one.

Divit’s father, Varun received the hi-tech certificate which was issued by New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA). The certificate was also showcased at the recently held blockchain congress that was held in the city.

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