The government of Maharashtra, one of the state governments of India, has started issuing caste certificates through the Polygon blockchain to citizens living in the village of Etapalli, Gadchiroli district, as part of the Digital India campaign.
In partnership with LegitDoc, a blockchain-based application, the government of Maharashtra is in the process of rolling out 65,000 caste certificates to help the process of providing government schemes and benefits.
As cited by Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer Shubham Gupta in an article co-authored with LegitDoc CEO Neil Martis, the issuance of caste certificates through neutral web platforms targets the 1.1 million low-income residents of the Gadchiroli district, of whom over 70% are tribal. .
In addition, verifiable certificates aim to prevent counterfeit attempts by hackers who falsely claim government benefits for the poor. The duo also talked about the importance of the Web3 protocols in protecting the general public from deplatforming—both financially and non-financially:
“In Web3, anyone can be part of the public blockchain network, but no single organization can control the network, thereby reducing the risk of deplatformation by both internal and external actors.”
As part of this initiative, the LegitDoc platform extracts sample data from the state portal MahaOnline and uploads it to the Polygon Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain. The system then generates a QR code and certificates that can be verified by various government departments.
For the first time out of 65,000 caste certificates in the @0xPolygon network, the government of Maharashta has issued. Many thanks to founder @MartisNeil @LegitDocIndia for persuading and making the project happen. Thanks to our young dynamic IAS staff member @ShubhamGupta_11 pic.twitter.com/t00BZgWlrD — Kashif Raza (@simplykashif) March 28, 2022
The Government of Maharashtra has previously implemented an Ethereum-based attestation system to provide counterfeit-proof diploma certificates as a measure to prevent document forgery.
Related: Axis Bank secures financial contract for state-backed blockchain platform
Earlier this quarter, Indian financial services giant Axis Bank used a state-backed blockchain platform to secure a financial contract between two domestic companies.
As reported by Cointelegraph, the Secured Logistics Document Exchange (SLDE) was developed by India’s Ministry of Trade and Industry as a digital document exchange platform that uses blockchain-based security protocols for data protection and authentication.
The SLDE blockchain platform was used for a letter of credit guaranteeing payment under certain conditions between ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India and Lalit PipeS&Pipes Ltd. Axis Bank President of Wholesale Banking Products Vivek Gupta added:
“This transaction confirms Axis’ commitment to leading the digitalization of transactional banking.”