West Bengal Authorities Issue Blockchain-Based Birth Certificate
The authorities of the state of West Bengal issued a birth certificate based on distributed ledger for the first time, The Times of India reports.
The document was issued in the name of the Indian citizen Divit Biyani, who was born a month ago — in November 2018. It was granted to Varun Biyani, the child's father, by the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA). The first demonstration of the new model certificate took place a few days earlier during the blockchain conference, which was held in the city.
Varun Biyani runs the local technology company Super Procure, providing logistics management services in business. He noted that he was enthusiastic about the initiative of the authorities to introduce blockchain technology to protect citizens’ personal information. Biyani also expressed confidence that such measures would prevent falsification attempts by intruders and hackers.
Earlier, the authorities of the cities of Bankura and Durgapur in West Bengal announced their intention to create a platform for issuing birth certificates based on blockchain. For this purpose, the government attracted the Dutch company LynkedWorld. Arun Kumar, its CEO, argued that the existing citizen identification systems are outdated and cumbersome. He added that such densely populated states, like India, have to implement blockchain technologies as these can considerably simplify and speed up the work of local administrations, which will ultimately reduce government spendings for data processing.
As previously reported, the government of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh entered into a partnership with the Eleven01 fund to create a community aimed at the development of blockchain technologies.