Polygon blockchain-based caste certificates are being issued in certain areas of the Indian state of Maharashtra. In one of these tests, residents of Itapalli village and Gadchiroli district receive their certificates through LegitDoc – a polygon blockchain-based platform that makes these certificates instantly verifiable. The Government of Maharashtra targets the economically handicapped and tribal communities in the mentioned areas of the Central Indian State. The move is part of the ‘Digital India’ initiative to explore on-chain e-governance.
A total of 65,000 polygon-based caste certificates will be issued in Maharashtra. These identities help disadvantaged people gain access to government projects.
According to the Maharashtra authorities, the purpose of this important documentation is to provide a Web 3 reform to “prevent the risk of fraud” and “identify the right beneficiaries for the distribution of government schemes”.
“Such implementations set a precedent for India to emerge as a frontier for creating technology stacks on neutral Web 3 platforms – decentralized-aligned and de-platform-resistant alternatives to censorship-prone American and Chinese-dominated digital tech stacks,” said Shubham Gupta, co-editor. Wrote in a LinkedIn post.
It will also make it easier to detect past counterfeit certificates with a valid QR code as there will be a discrepancy between the data displayed on the verification portal and the verified counterfeit certificate.
“Public blockchains have brought a new dimension to the Internet, where information can not only be shared publicly, but publicly discredited. Such solutions can disrupt the social systems of record-keeping, identity management, payment, remittance, accounting, fundraising, etc.” Post added.
Indian authorities have been trying to harness the power of blockchain technology for some time.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is working on a blockchain-based central bank digital currency (CBDC) that will expose Indians to new digital assets, without risking losing money in their volatile cryptocurrency.
Meanwhile, the reason for being the preferred blockchain of the Maharashtra government is because it is an India-based etherium scaling and infrastructure development platform.