By Staff Reporter
The Indian state of West Bengal is currently experimenting ways with which blockchain can be used for areas such as better delivery of services and data governance, the Times of India reports on Wednesday.
It has tied up with the leading research institute Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) to set up a blockchain center of excellence that will conduct research and identify areas where the technology can be applied to including on how to safeguard government data, the newspaper quoted Debashish Sen, additional chief secretary of information technology, electronics and e-governance.
Meanwhile, Indian baby, Divit Biyani, born in West Bengal became the first in the state to be awarded a birth certificate recorded on blockchain, the same newspaper reports (see here.)
The birth certificate, awarded by the New Town Kolkata Development Authority, was showcased at the two-day global blockchain congress held in the city.
The digital representation of the baby’s name and date of birth is created and stored on blockchain.