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Maharashtra government issues caste certificates using blockchain technology driven by Polygon

Leveraging blockchain, it is looking to make these documents tamper-proof and weed out fraudulent benefit claims.

The Maharashtra government is using blockchain technology to issue caste certificates in the Gadchiroli district, according to a LinkedIn post by Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Officer Shubham Gupta who is supervising the implementation of the project. The caste certificates, which are critical to avail government benefits under various schemes, are being issued to the residents of the Etapalli and Bhamragad villages at first. This is one of the first instances of a state government using a Polygon-based platform—LegitDoc— for purposes of e-governance. Polygon is a secondary-scaling solution for the Ethereum blockchain. Such secondary solutions work on top of an existing blockchain network rather than using their own blockchain. https://twitter.com/MartisNeil/status/1508771127014830084?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1508771127014830084%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcointelegraph.com%2Fnews%2Findian-state-gov-t-uses-polygon-to-issue-verifiable-caste-certificates The government’s collaboration with LegitDoc helps it to authenticate caste certificates, which are issued to residents of Gadchiroli district, instantly using data stored on the Polygon blockchain. The state will be running 65,000 caste certificates through the blockchain system in the initial phase, the post added. The project sets a precedent for India to explore synergies between blockchain technology and e-governance. A successful roll-out can also make a strong case for the Union government, which is deliberating upon the status of cryptocurrencies presently, to consider regulating the space instead of placing a ban. What will be the process? Gupta explained how the state government will store data of every caste certificate fetched from the ‘MahaOnline’ portal on the Polygon blockchain and generate a unique QR code consisting of “blockchain-proofs” which are embedded on each caste certificate. [caption id="attachment_158950" align="alignnone" width="880"] Source:…

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