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Indian Maharashtra state pivots to Polygon for digital caste certificates Indian Maharashtra state pivots to Polygon for digital caste certificates

Indian Maharashtra state pivots to Polygon for digital caste certificates

A total of 65,000 new documents have been issued using Polygon-based blockchain platform LegitDoc.

Indian Maharashtra state pivots to Polygon for digital caste certificates

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The government of Maharashtra, one of the most industrialized states in India, has issued 65,000 digital caste certificates based on the Polygon blockchain technology.

โ€œIโ€™m excited to announce that the Government of Maharashtra (Gadchiroli district) has set a new global precedent for Web3 adoptionโ€”for on-chain E-governance,โ€ wrote Shubham Gupta, an assistant collector,ย  and project officer in the Government of Maharashtra, in a LinkedIn post, adding:

โ€œFor the first time in India, Gadchiroli district (Etapalli Subdivision) will issue caste certificates to its citizens that are anchored on an open permissionless blockchain- verifiable within a matter of a few seconds!โ€

A caste certificate, also colloquially known as a community certificate, is a legal document issued in accordance with the Indian Constitution that serves as a documentary proof of a person belonging to a specific caste.

โ€œCaste certificates are used to provide certain privileges to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to bring equality among all the citizens. Thus, a caste certificate is mandatory for receiving any such benefits for a person belonging to Scheduled Cast or Scheduled Tribe community,โ€ per IndiaFilings.

Gupta further explained that new certificates were issued via a blockchain platform called LegitDoc, which is based on the proof-of-stake technology utilized by the Polygon network.

According to LegitDocโ€™s website, the system allows to issue and verify tamper-proof digital documents and is โ€œfree from any kind of central failure, security lapses, and budget constraints.โ€ Later, such documents can ostensibly be verified from any part of the world โ€œin just a matter of 10 seconds.โ€

As CryptoSlate reported, the Polygon blockchain has also recently become Tetherโ€™s main infrastructure partner in facilitating stablecoin payments in Lugano, Switzerland. In early March, the cityโ€™s mayor Michele Foletti announced that Bitcoin, USDT, and Luganoโ€™s own LVGA Points token will be recognized as de-facto currencies.