The state of Maharashtra has been working on the implementation of blockchain for over two years and the use case identification has been done. There are a number of areas: Supply chain management, vehicle management (RTO), health and agriculture. EC’s Abhishek Raval speaks exclusively to S. V. R. Srinivas, IAS, Principal Secretary - Information Technology, Government of Maharashtra
Every state has its inherent strength, which should be put to action for technology based initiatives. For the state of Maharashtra, Mumbai is the financial capital, coupled with a number of emerging fintech companies. “Our focus will be on AI and blockchain related applications,” says S. V. R. Srinivas, IAS, Principal Secretary – Information Technology, Government of Maharashtra.
The Government has a dual agenda: to set up the right infrastructure for fintech startups to thrive and have a scalable digital infrastructure.
The Government of Maharashtra is focusing on blockchain. The groundwork is being undertaken to outline an ecosystem for blockchain. Building a blockchain sandbox is an important step in that direction. The Government of India has selected three major projects to be showcased for the civil services day. One each from Odisha, Karnataka and Maharashtra. “From Maharashtra, the blockchain sandbox has been selected for startups to test and experiment their solutions and then launch in a live environment. To that effect, the blockchain sandbox has been launched in Maharashtra,” informs Srinivas.