Andhra Pradesh, or “AP” for shorthand, will be the first state in India to use blockchain technology to govern two of its departments. AP government officials say that the state leads in “e-governance”, and plans to implement blockchain technology across the entire administration. The initial blockchain pilot will include departments of Transportation and Land records only.
India, with one of democracy’s oldest traditions and over 1.3 billion citizens, is rapidly modernising. The deployment of blockchain technology in Andhra Pradesh signals a willingness to decentralise and distribute power and participation, while also radically increasing transparency. If this Transportation and Land Records blockchain implementation proves robust, economically and socially, how rapidly could we see blockchain scaling up in India? Could India lead other democracies by providing the applied blockchain model for increased transparency, efficiency, and participation?