It appears that two local governments in West Bengal, India, are making moves of integrating the blockchain technology into application of birth certificates in the country. These certificates which will be issued by these local governments will be blockchain-based and is expected to be developed by a Netherland-based blockchain application company, Lynked world.
In the light of this, the Bankura Municipal Corporation and Durgapur Municipal Corporation will be employing the instrumentality of the blockchain system for administrative purposes which includes verifying legal identities and processing requests which will translate to uniformity in the process of applying for legal documents.
The Need for System Overhaul
The Founder and CEO of Lynked World, Arun Kumar, described the need for an overhaul of the “cumbersome” system currently being previously used for these processes. The CEO further stated that the government agencies are still stagnant with the archaic system which demands that citizens stand in front of an agent with their identity card to access basic amenities
Arun Kumar also revealed that the platform is ready for launch and that both local governments can begin to issue birth certificates, legal documents and other forms of certification in September this year. There is a projection that over 1 million birth certificates are expected to have been issued before the end of 2018. He stated that;
“These Birth and other certificates would be digitally authenticated by issuing authorities (municipalities), and that authentication will be stored on blockchain which facilitates verification of these documents by any third party organization to whom owners provide access. Basically, Blockchain would be used to write the hash value of certificate together with owner of certificate and who issued it for the authentication and verification.”
The Lynk Token
The LYNK token will reportedly be the traditional token of the platform and will allow citizens to make an application. The company, Lynked World has picked a fancy in the ID verification through its app which will contain a virtual wallet for keeping personal information provided in documents such as medical records, passports academic degrees and driver’s licenses which can be adequately verified on blockchain system. Also, a QR code will be attached so that the system can quickly connect users to their legal records kept on the blockchain platform.
India has been on the forefront of countries making innovative use of the blockchain technology as it has established a blockchain district in the country of 1.3 billion people with a promise to support and create an enabling environment for companies and startups. The India government has also stated its intention to use blockchain to improve the quality of governance, reduce corruption and ensure transparency.
Also, it was recently reported that software giant, Microsoft, plans to use blockchain technology to fight spam calls in India by leveraging the power of blockchain to curb the growing hassle of spam calls which is a great problem in the Asian nation.
The idea of a blockchain system in the world is not a new development as other countries have implemented blockchain identifications in various sectors. For example, in the U.S, it was introduced to voting process while it was adopted in Australia and China for an academic degree and auditing respectively, the fact still remains that the implementation by the India state government is innovative and worthy of commendations.
The project of regulating birth certificates applications and putting citizens’ birth records on the blockchain network is undeniably one of the most innovative adoptions of blockchain in recent times.
Despite the fact that some have argued about the feasibility of this project but the readily avail ale evidence is the intercontinental adoption of the Distribution Ledger Technology (DLT) as a revolutionary overhaul of the conventional system continues in almost every sector.