After Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka, Maharashtra has strapped its boots now in adopting blockchain technology for e-governance. Maharashtra Chief Minister Mr. Devendra Fadnavis said that Blockchain can transform the e-governance and the governments must start interacting with technology providers to find solution to put them to the best possible use to make Public delivery of goods and services transparent.
“This will reduce the trust deficit between businesses and citizens with government departments,” Mr. Fadnavis said while inaugurating the Maharashtra Technology Summit (MTECH), jointly organised by FICCI and Govt. of Maharashtra in Mumbai.
“Communication technologies over the years have changed the world, first we connected places, then people and now we are connecting things, but Blockchain is one level up and it’s not just Internet of Thing (IoT) but, it is internet of trust, internet of values and it is going to change the entire space of governance”, the chief minister added while putting emphasis on the importance of the Blockchain technology.
“Government of Maharashtra, for the past three years, has been trying to create an ecosystem for adopting technologies into governance. We feel that technology brings, efficiency, transparency, accountability and accessibility and that is why we have been trying to assimilate the newest technologies into all our governance. Smart cities, which needs smart and accountable governance, require strong technology backbone to provide all services and activities in an accountable and transparent manner,” said Mr. Fadnavis.
He also informed that Maharashtra government has unveiled its public cloud policy, which will allow all government departments to access public cloud. This will accelerate e-governance and open up entire new area for investment by the private entrepreneurs to make available newest technologies for all the departments as government not only is the biggest data creator but also consumer.
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The Maharashtra Chief Minister also invited Start-ups to come up with proper solutions on governance which could become part of the state government’s governance delivery systems.
Earlier in his opening address, Mr. SVR Srinivas, Principal Secretary – IT, Government of Maharashtra said that Blockchain is a tsunami coming up and it’s not just some regulations, therefore we should be prepared for it. To apply block chain, Government intends to work with POC and use cases, where block chain can be actually used such as, identities, movement of assets, transactions or otherwise, wherever data has to be distributed.
The summit has 4 policy group to deliberate on Blockchain implementation and suggestions and roadmap will be chalked out as an outcome of this summit.
Mr. Rashesh Shah, President, FICCI in his welcome remarks said that since Blockchain is a new upcoming technology, industry needs supportive policies framework to bring focus on growth and development of this emerging area. He also expressed FICCI’s enthusiasm to collaborate more with the government.
Mr. N Venkatram, MD & CEO, Deloitte India, the Knowledge partner of the summit said that Blockchain is a technology that allows people, who don’t know each other to trust a shared record of events, essentially resolving uncertainties and building trust and we have embarked upon a very important journey through this initiative.
Mr. Riho Kruuv, Ambassador of Estonia to India shared that Estonia has been implementing blockchain solutions within government sectors such as healthcare, financial services beginning from 2008. Today, the Estonian digital society offers more than 3000 public services open to not only Estonian citizens but to foreign citizens through the E-residency program. E-residents can establish and administer a company online, conduct banking online, have access to international payment service providers, digitally sign document, file taxes online. With over 950 e-residents from India, we offer platform for Indian entrepreneurs to get access to EU and other international markets.
A FICCI – Deloitte report on Blockchain in Public Sector – Transforming government services through exponential technologies was also released by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
Themed Digital transformation through Blockchain, the summit saw an unprecedented participation of over 600 delegates and 50 plus CEOs joining for the deliberations to chalk out a roadmap for implementing Blockchain technology and policy support required to do it quickly and efficiently.