Karnataka to use blockchain technology for e-governance

| Updated on: Jan 16, 2018

KALABURAGI (GULBARGA), KARNATAKA, 30/12/2016: Priyank Kharge, Minister of State for Information Technology & Bio-Technology, speaking to mediapersons in Kalaburagi on Friday. - PHOTO: ARUN KULKARNI

Plans to bring out a‘White Paper’ ahead of a policy

The Karnataka Government has decided to use the blockchain technology and is planning to bring out a White Paper on ‘Blockchain Use in Governance’ as a prelude to a separate policy.

As a first step, various government departments have been consulted to develop use case studies for a ‘Blockchain Hackathon’. Later, a ‘Blockchain Conclave’, under the aegis of the Bengaluru Tech Summit, will be organised to deliberate on issues involving the technology which will result in the publication of the white paper.

The Blockchain Hackathon for Governance will be held from January 19 to 21 and will be a fast-paced event designed to create demonstrable prototypes of the use of Blockchain in government applications.

Govt plans Announcing the event, IT & BT Minister Priyank Kharge said, “It is the Government’s stated vision that no citizen should be denied the service they need. We realise there are some problems that could be better solved using modern tools and technologies.

“Karnataka has always been a leader in e-governance. It is an easy decision to bring the experts of IT to solve long-standing problems, using the latest technology of blockchain,” he added.

Experts from departments of home, transportation, tourism, forests, agriculture, and finance were consulted to develop use case studies for each sector. These will address a variety of issues across domains, and will involve multi stakeholder decision-making, such as in the case of beneficiary management of welfare schemes, tracing the chain of custody of agricultural/ horticultural/forest for better quality and price for farmers, Identity Ownership Management for data privacy and real-time record maintenance for land records management and taxation.

Hackathon

The hackathon will be open to students, start-ups, and other IT professionals while cloud-based blockchain technology providers will be invited to provide platforms for use in the hackathon.

The State government has already taken the lead in the last few years to create and sustain relationships with cloud-technology providers. These providers will be present at the hackathon to provide participants with access to these platforms during the event, free of cost.

Published on January 16, 2018
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