Telangana woos blockchain firms, startups; offers incentives
Land at subsidised rates, funding of research and regulatory and policy support are among the features of Telangana government's draft Blockchain Policy aimed at wooing firms and startups in the field to set up shop in the state.
Land will be allotted at subsidised rates to Blockchain companies by Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Limited, according to the policy which seeks to position the state as the Blockchain capital of the country.
The guidelines specified for regular ICT (Information and Communication Technology) companies in terms of annual revenue, investment promises, and employment creation promises would be partially relaxed for Blockchain firms, it said.
Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that stores information across multiple systems securely and such data stored and distributed cannot be copied, hacked or tampered with. Records can only be appended.
The state government has conceptualised the country's first 'Blockchain District', which will be a physical area within Hyderabad, aimed at creating the ecosystem.
It will house all major Blockchain technology companies, a huge incubator and a world-class facility for promoting research, innovation, and industry collaboration.
"This one-of-a-kind initiative will aim to put all Blockchain companies based out of Hyderabad at a strategically advantageous position globally," said the draft policy, released on May 17.
It proposed a 25 percent subsidy on lease rentals up to Rs 5 lakh per annum for the first three years of operations. The government will provide office space to house all the Blockchain startups, co-working and incubation spaces at highly subsidised prices.
An international liaison office of the Blockchain district will be set up to collaborate with international players to bring in investments and for exchange of knowledge and practices, the policy said.
The government will fund research programmes in Blockchain technology by setting up research chairs in select premier institutes and fund research scholars working in the domain.
Quoting market reports, the draft policy said Blockchain in 2030 could generate $3 trillion per annum in business value and power 10-20 percent of the global economic infrastructure by then.
The World Economic Forum anticipates that 10 percent of global GDP will be stored on the Blockchain by 2025.
Last year, Telangana had signed an agreement with Tech Mahindra to launch the Blockchain district. As a founding member of the Blockchain district, the company will provide platform and technology assistance to all the incubators and will also empower accelerators to develop and solve market problems across its global customer ecosystem.
Telangana will provide regulatory and policy support to enable and promote Blockchain growth, it added.