Indian States Pioneer Land Registry Blockchain Solutions

Several Indian states are thought to be exploring the possibility of blockchain solutions for land registry, in a move that could help significantly modernize the process of recording land ownership in India.

According to reports in local media, proposals are being worked on at a state level in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh that would see, among other things, a system of land registry organized via a distributed ledger network, with the former also looking at applying similar technologies in its state revenue department.

These developments outline some of the additional uses envisaged for blockchain technology within the public sector.

Originally viewed largely as a tool for financial services, blockchain deployments across a range of industries, sectors and functions are now being developed worldwide, often in partnership with private developers and startups.

In Telangana, the land registry development is aimed at limiting the scope for document forgery, while creating a new degree of transparency in a system of record-keeping that has traditionally been more opaque.

It is also being viewed as a mechanism to protect sensitive documentary records from hacking threats, introducing a degree of security, beyond that now available, from the cross-network basis of the blockchain system.

In Andhra Pradesh, similar systems are concurrently being developed to handle civil supply databases and records, with a view to improving the efficiency, security and transparency of relevant information.

The move comes at a time when government agencies worldwide are turning to the blockchain and its distributed ledger as a means of improving the efficacy of a number of governmental processes.

While the projects remain in development, they are expected to be ready for a further rollout at some point in the next 12 months.

NT Arunkumar, a representative of the project, has spoken previously about the need for greater collaboration between authorities, including across national borders, to develop applications for this crucial future technology.

“There needs to be more cross-border orchestration ... We definitely believe after the internet, this is the next big thing that will change every aspect of a person’s life.”