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Tamil Nadu’s new policy on Blockchain – Things to look out for

Tamil Nadu on Saturday unveiled new technology projects, including a blockchain infrastructure, with the aim of building a strong blockchain community and project the state as a pioneer in innovation. The government also released policies on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.  

During the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) ‘Connect 2020’ conference Chief Minister Edapaddi K. Palaniswami released Tamil Nadu Cyber Security Policy 2020, Tamil Nadu Blockchain Policy 2020, and Tamil Nadu Safe and Ethical Artificial Intelligence Policy 2020. Palaniswami also announced that the government intends to launch a project to provide Knowledge Proof Identity-based services delivery, which will be implemented by establishing and leveraging the State Family Database (SFDB) and Blockchain Backbone infrastructure. 

According to reports from The New Indian Express, the Chief Minister said, “This pioneering initiative will take the Government to the Citizens, thus eliminating the need for the citizens to request G2C (government to citizen) services.”

Santosh Mishra, Chief Executive Officer of the Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA), also told The New Indian Express that the unveiling of the policies is the transformative phase for emerging technologies in Tamil Nadu.

According to the press release from the government, the policies would help to deliver the state’s social and economic welfare programs in a fair and transparent manner via the internet. Additionally, it would assist in building superior G2G (Government to Government) and G2C (Government to Citizen) workflows and applications to better the lives of the residents of in the state, the release added.

According to the press release, Tamil Nadu is the first state in India to introduce such a policy to build a blockchain community and reimagining governance in the state. 

The blockchain infrastructure would be capable of creating and deploying blockchain applications for all government departments and public sector enterprises across the state. After the RBI’s acknowledgement of the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, this is welcome news for Indians across the country, who are likely to await similar encouraging news from other states, hoping they take Tamil Nadu’s lead.

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