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Goa in India to digitize police records with the help of blockchain

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Goa in India to digitize police records with the help of blockchain

Police in Goa, a state in western India, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with blockchain startup 5ire to adopt a blockchain-based record keeping system.

While speaking to local media, The Times of India (TOI), Goa Police Superintendent, SP Nidhin Valsan, said that the MoU is a step by Goa Police to go paperless, as well as improve security and transparency to provide better policing services to citizens.

“The MoU is about sharing resources so that by using blockchain technology, we can provide better policing services to citizens. As a first step, we will endeavor to digitize all our documents. The ultimate goal will be to make Goa police paperless,” Valsan said.

The SP expects the digitization to be completed within a year. When complete, the system will allow anyone to find all old and new police records online, including First Information Reports (FIRs) and Daily Reports.

Speaking on the MoU, a representative from 5ire said the agreement would achieve several goals for the Goa Police including increased efficiency and reduced cost.

“One of the main objectives is to digitize the Goa Police which will enhance efficiency. This will be a great cost reduction and will bring transparency to the ministry. The second goal is to make all citizens feel transparency and we will use the most advanced blockchain technology to safeguard all records, which is more cost-effective,” the representative told TOI.

5ire has previously partnered with Muzaffarnagar Police in a similar endeavor and recently raised $100 million in a funding round. Similarly, Goa State has also deployed blockchain technology in other parastatals, including its Excise Department, which oversees the manufacture and movement of alcoholic beverages, according to a report.

India embraces blockchain technology while clamping down on digital assets

Apart from the states, the Indian central government has also explored use cases for blockchain technology. India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), revealed that it is working with leading banks to launch a blockchain-based letters of credit (LC) issuance platform.

The RBI has also given the green light to four blockchain startups to roll out their cross-border payments solutions for importers and exporters to easily access foreign remittances.

As India embraces blockchain technology, its stance on digital assets has been dismissive. The government has warned repeatedly that digital assets pose special risks and has introduced regulations to stifle investment in the market.

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