In order to fight the growing problem of counterfeit
drugs in India, NITI Aayog and Oraclesigned a Statement of Intent (SoI) to
pilot a real drug supply-chain using blockchain distributed ledger and
Internet of Things (IoT) software. Apollo Hospitals and Strides Pharma
Sciences will partner in this effort.
Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, said “The problem of fake
and counterfeit drugs is a major issue, costing the Indian pharma industry
billions. At the same time, it’s putting patients at higher risk. This agreement
with Oracle and our partnership with Apollo Hospitals and Strides Pharma, will
help ensure that Indian drug manufacturers and healthcare experts have access to
a standards-based, modern technology platform – blockchain and IoT, to help
eliminate fake drug distribution.”
The major advantages of blockchain software will be its ability
to allow the sharing of information across the drug supply chain securely with
every exchange of information getting recorded, inability to tamper with any
record of the drug movement and inability to delete any records so there can be
no dispute, if an offender is caught.
A meeting between Union Minister for Electronics &
Information Technology, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Minister for
Development of Information Technologies and Communications, Uzbekistan Mr
ShuhratSadikov was held in New Delhi for strengthening bilateral cooperation
between the two countries in ICT sector.
The Uzbek side appreciated India’s achievement under the
Digital India programme and expressed interest for cooperation in the area of
IT-ITeS trade promotion, e-Governance, HRD and Capacity building, Telemedicine
etc. Further, the Uzbek side showed keen interest in techno-park cooperation.
Union IT Minister Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad assured his
counterpart that India will provide all possible technical support from the
Indian side in the digital growth of Uzbekistan. Subsequently, in presence of
both the Ministers Two Memorandum of Understandings (MoU’s) were signed
An Agreement between National Informatics Centre (NIC),
India and e-Government System development centre of the Ministry for Development
of Information Technologies and Communications of Uzbekistan for strengthening