Maharashtra’s public cloud policy to accelerate e-governance

Fri, 2018-01-19 14:22 -- SCC India Staff


Over the years, communication technologies have changed the world; first it connected places, then people, and now it is connecting things. However, Blockchain is one level up. It’s not just Internet of Thing (IoT), but it is internet of trust, internet of values, and it is going to change the entire space of governance, said Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra, while putting emphasis on the importance of the Blockchain technology.

Blockchain has the potential to transform e-governance. It’s the right time for governments to start interacting with technology providers to find a solution to put them to the best possible use to make public delivery of goods and public delivery of services transparent. “This will reduce the trust deficit between businesses and citizens with government departments,” says the CM.

The Maharashtra Government, for the past three years, has been trying to create an ecosystem for adopting technologies into governance. In fact, the government has unveiled its public cloud policy, which will allow all government departments to have an access to public cloud. This will accelerate e-governance and open up entire new area for investment by the private entrepreneurs to make available newest technologies for all the departments as government not only is the biggest data creator but also consumer. He invited start-ups to come up with proper solutions on governance and state government will be happy to make it part of its governance delivery systems.

SVR Srinivas, Principal Secretary – IT, Government of Maharashtra said, “Blockchain is a tsunami coming up and it’s not just some regulations, therefore we should be prepared for it.” To apply block chain, the government intends to work with POC and use cases, where blockchain can be actually used as identities, movement of assets, transactions or otherwise, wherever data has to be distributed.

H. E. Riho Kruuv, Ambassador of Estonia to India shared that Estonia has been implementing blockchain solutions within government sectors such as healthcare, financial services beginning from 2008. Today, the Estonian digital society offers more than 3,000 public services open to not only Estonian citizens but to foreign citizens through the E-residency program. E-residents can establish and administer a company online, conduct banking online, have access to international payment service providers, digitally sign document, file taxes online. With over 950 e-residents from India, we offer platform for Indian entrepreneurs to get access to EU and other international markets.