Andhra Pradesh has become the first state in the country to pilot blockchain technology in two departments and plans to deploy it across the administration, said Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu yesterday.

Addressing Blockchain Business Conference here, he said the state had also created the largest repository of used cases for global start-ups to test their solutions.

Naidu said since the state was leading in e-governance, it was using blockchain technology to address cyber security issues.

Earlier in July this year, Andhra Pradesh had become the first state government outside the US to join the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), an Ethereum-based alliance formed in March this year by Microsoft, Intel and more than two dozen other companies/banks to develop standards and technology to make it easier for enterprises to use blockchain code Ethereum.

The state launched pilot projects based on blockchain technology for land records and transport. State Information Technology Minister Nara Lokesh said the technology was required to prevent tampering of land records, which had already been digitised and placed online. Similarly, the technology is used in Transport Department to streamline titles of the vehicles.

Stating that Andhra accounts for 60 percent of Aadhaar-based transactions and extensively uses technology for delivery of services, Lokesh said the state required blockchain to protect the IT assets

The development was first reported in Firstpost.

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