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Remote Voting a Solution for All Inconveniences in Voting


Remote Voting a Solution for All Inconveniences in Voting

Jayesh Ranjan, Principle Secretary, I&C IT Department Govt. of Telangana in a panel chat session with Mr. Pankaj Dhawan discussed the ‘work of the emerging technology wing’. Remote voting was one of their tried use cases. Telangana government has also been at the forefront of adopting blockchain technology well before other states.

It is very noble and unique to embrace and bring in technology. In 2014, a wing in IT Department was created to exclusively focus on emerging technologies, to identify technologies with greater potential to solve problems at the main points of the common person using those technologies. AI is very prominent in recent times, back in 2014 there was no clarity in blockchain. Blockchain and crypto are quite intertwined in people’s understanding as they serve an alternative when dealing with digital financial transactions. Lots of controversies arose in evolving technology of blockchain, people faced hardships in dealing with crypto. Later, as the understanding of blockchain and crypto got linked, crypto commenced on its own path as per national regulations as state’s have got flexibility on regulating crypto. On the other hand, states are completely on their way to adopt technology. Every part of technology interested in dealt upon in three ways– A well-known policy/framework exhibits the government’s responsibilities and the collaborations.

       An institution is created (blockchain district with a coordinator) which takes responsibility for implementation of power blockchain programs.

       The best of the talents is hired from every sphere to run these institutions with their full potential the best.

The regular voting, as analysed in the use cases, is a problem with low voting percentages due to the basic fundamental reasons of sheer inconvenience among the public and lack of organisation. Jayesh Ranjan has successfully been able to showcase, for the first time, the concept of Remote Voting in Khammam, Telangana. Contentious issues are taken care of elimination on the digital platform with technology and AI. Blockchain technology is contributing to the counting of the remote votes. A solid and strong demonstration of Technology in a very charged and complicated context. This is a great exemplar of technology and social context at interplay. Other common examples of blockchain technology use cases are Educational certificates, Land records, Chit funds, Vehicle Lifecycle management.

Being inspired at the World Economic Forum, Jayesh Ranjan with his colleagues has announced the setting up of a Regulatory Sandbox on web 3.0, in order to support the start-ups in clearing ambiguity uncertainty and retain them in India itself than migrating to other stable regulations like Dubai or Singapore. Sandbox is a place where start-ups can avail access to data mentors, update domain experts, and bring approvals for pushing any regulation boundaries and anything else of business development and agency negotiations, based on inputs and suggestions.

Similar to technological adaption, Web 3.0 will also follow the same path. The fundamental objectives of Web 3.0 is important in keeping with the modern ethos that things should be democratise, things should be decentralized, no monopoly over usage of internet.

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