Indian approves 65,000 blockchain-based caste certificates

Indian approves 65,000 blockchain-based caste certificates


NITI Aayog, an Indian public policy think tank, has recognized the blockchain-based caste certificate initiative on the Polygon network.

While crypto has yet to achieve mass adoption, the clamor from the National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has made the Indian crypto community hopeful.

75 Best Practices: Blockchain-Based Casting Certificate

NITI Aayog and UNDP jointly published a “Best Practices in the Social Sector: A Compendium 2023 Report.” The report gives a shoutout to 75 best practices and guidelines that deliver sustainable development goals for people and local communities.

Among other best practices, India’s apex public policy think tank cited Gadchiroli district’s initiative to issue caste certificates using the Polygon blockchain.

Last year, Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra state issued 65,000 caste certificates for the Scheduled Tribe (ST) population.

Certificates of Indian Caste System
Example of caste certificate. Source: Twitter

How does Blockchain help?

India grants specific privileges to individuals from underdeveloped and tribal communities, and caste certificates are used to verify their eligibility.

However, some individuals with malicious intent often manipulate government records to fraudulently claim entitlement to these benefits.

According to the report, blockchain-based certificates help with:

  • Easy verification of caste certificates
  • Reduction of fraudulent incentive claims
  • Improving privacy as blockchain stores the data in the form of hash
  • Building more decentralized applications (dApps) using the Gadchiroli smart contract Application Programming Interface (API).

India has maintained a strict stance on crypto with its 30% flat tax on gains and 1% tax deduction at source (TDS). But the realization has delighted the community and ignited hopes for blockchain mass adoption.

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Crypto Educator Kashif Raza wrote on Twitter:

This is good news for the Indian Web3 industry. It provides a good validation of crypto use cases for Indian e-governance, which is a significant departure from the social narrative that crypto was only used for speculative purposes.

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