Author: Jagdish Kumar, India
Taking data security of its people very seriously, Uttar Pradesh (UP) state government has decided to introduce the cutting edge Blockchain technology for ensuring data security of land and revenue records in the state.
However, this comes at the time, when India has banned trading of Blockchain based cryptocurrencies since 6 July 2018.
Currently, only a few handful states that include Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka have undertaken the Blockchain project on a pilot basis primarily for securing their respective and voluminous revenue records, which are most vulnerable to manipulation and tampering.
Speaking on this, UP Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey said in the next six months the state will build an ecosystem for Blockchain and directed the government officials to start working on it.
The draft Blockchain notification would be prepared within a week and presented before the state Information Technology (IT) department so that the process of implementation is expedited, Pandey added.
The official also said that Blockchain system 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 tampering.
According to an estimate, the state with a population of 220 million has over 67% living in rural areas and to have a secure and robust land record management is always a challenge for the state.
Majority of the population depend on agricultural and pastoral land for the livelihood in Uttar Pradesh state. The state government also wants to stop manual entry of land mutation that are vulnerable to manipulation, forgery and breach.
Not only land records, the state wants to implement the Blockchain technology in other areas too.
Though other states are going into pilot stage for checking Blockchain implementation, the UP government has decided to fully adopt the still-evolving technology for its revenue department.
In the meantime, the state has urged its knowledge partner Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) to give suggestions for making the government’s start up policy to incorporate Blockchain technology.
Blockchain had the potential of transforming industry operating models in various sectors, including healthcare, banking and payment systems, insurance, trading, media distribution, identity verification, land records and supply chain management, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission R Ramanan said.
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