A district government in Maharashtra, India, has started stamping 65,000 caste certificates through LegitDoc, a document-verifying system on the Polygon blockchain. 

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Fast facts

  • In India, caste certificates are used by marginal communities such as tribes to gain access to certain government benefits and subsidies. 
  • The Gadchiroli district government hopes its adoption of blockchain technology can combat fraudulent claims of benefits and incentives made through forged caste certificates. 
  • The district started issuing certificates online, and on its portal, to verify the validity of documents on the Polygon blockchain starting Tuesday.
  • The caste system is a rigid social hierarchy in India, where lower castes often represent underprivileged and impoverished societies. 
  • The project is part of the “Digital India” initiative designed to study on-chain e-governance and will be scaled across the state of Maharashtra if deemed successful. 

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