Expedite launch of cybercrime reporting portal: Rajnath

Expressing concern over rising misuse of Internet for circulating child pornography and other obscene materials, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday directed officials to expedite the launch of online cybercrime reporting portal which will enable affected people in country to lodge complaints that will be investigated by the respective law enforcement agencies and action taken for removal of such content.

In a review meeting in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Singh expressed concern over the misuse of social media for illegal activities and directed to strengthen the capabilities of law enforcement agencies to be able to meet the challenges posed by it.

He also cautioned against the new challenges being posed by crimes in the cyberspace and called for effective measures to improve cyber security.

Appreciating the efforts made by the Ministry in expediting security clearance for proposals in sensitive sectors, Home Minister said that the average duration for the clearance of a proposal has come down to 53 days as compared to 120 days four years ago.

He directed to further reduce the clearance time by making use of online systems in coordination with administrative Ministries for processing the proposals. This would further improve efficiency and monitoring.

Mr Singh called for greater vigilance against evolving cyber threats and called for regular cyber auditing of IT infrastructure of all organisations under MHA and directed for upgradation and updation of National Information Security Policy and Guidelines (NISPG) for the government sector.

He also expressed concern over financial frauds being committed on credulous public by phone call fraudsters and stressed on increasing public awareness and strengthening of institutional framework for checking such frauds.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and senior officials of MHA were present.


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