Tamil Nadu government implements Blockchain technology in egovernance sector services


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on behalf of Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA) has announced new egovernance measures for better e-service delivery to the state’s citizens.

The first measure is named Zero knowledge proof identity based predictive Government Service Delivery. Within this, the application software used for issuing various certificates will be suitably modified so that the document issued shall electronically hit the Makkal Number created by TNeGA.

Based on the numbers, the certificates will electronically reach the Citizen Vaults, which will be created for each resident of Tamil Nadu. The citizens can then fetch the certificates/documents in his vault using his/her mobile number as user ID and OTP as password.

TNeGA mentions, “A system on Blockchain will prompt the software of each Government Department/Agency to issue the certificate/document, as and when the citizen becomes eligible for it.” According to TNeGA, Government Departments, Agencies or employers can verify the authenticity of the qualifications based on the citizen’s consent.”

As per the second policy, Blockchain technology will be implemented in all government departments for a better egovernance in the state. “TNeGA will build a Blockchain platform for Tamil Nadu, to be offered as a service to all Government departments, without them having to maintain a Blockchain node. They shall be able to verify their data in the Blockchain independently without hosting the node,” says TNeGA.

Explaining the technology, TNeGA states, “Blockchain technology will provide a tamper proof and immutable source of truth in independent mathematical verification of the integrity/authenticity of any digital data without dependence on a third party. It also provides cyber security and data integrity to applications focused on citizen engagement and experience.”

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