Shah says cyberattack has deep impact on national security, orders new panel to tackle it

Stressing that organized and coordinated cyberattacks have profound national security implications, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday ordered the formation of a committee headed by the Home Minister to formulate a strategy to combat the threat, officials said.

Shah gave the directive during the Northern Zonal Council meeting held in Jaipur during which the participants – including Chief Ministers and Lieutenant Governors – expressed their concern over cybercrime and insisted on the developing an effective strategy to deal with it.

The council includes Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The Regional Councils provide a forum for discussion in a structured manner on matters concerning one or more States or matters between the Center and the States.

Shah said organized and coordinated cyberattacks have a profound impact on national security, public system and economic activities, and it is necessary for all to work together to ensure national cyberspace security and overall civil security.

He called for strict action against cybercriminals in various cybercrime hotspots through better coordination between central and state security agencies.

”The North Zone Council discussed the growing threat of cybercrime and held a discussion on prevention strategies. The Home Secretary urged States and Union Territories to conduct awareness campaigns on cyber vigilance through various mediums,’ an official statement said.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has raised the issue of granting national project status to the ambitious Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP).

Shah advised central and state government agencies to use common software developed by the union home ministry, work together to identify issues of concern, track down violators and take strict action against them.

“In this context, it was decided that a committee under the chairmanship of the Union Home Secretary with all relevant departments and state governments would prepare a strategy to combat the growing threat of cybercrime,” says the press release.

She also highlighted the need to train police officers, prosecutors, telecommunications companies and their PoS agents in new technologies and advanced skills. He called for the maximum use of IT tools to detect cybercrimes and to take systematic measures to prevent their recurrence.

The sharing of river water among member states was also discussed during the meeting with Punjab and Haryana raising the issue of the Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal.

Shah called on the states concerned to take an amicable approach and find a time-limited solution.

There are five area councils in the country which were established in 1957 under Section 15-22 of the States Reorganization Act of 1956.

”All the actors must come together to establish a strong cooperation mechanism for development. The regional councils were created for this purpose,” Shah said.

He said more than 75% of council issues have been resolved by consensus in three years of experience.

A total of 47 issues were discussed at the 30th board meeting out of which four were identified as important topics at the national level.

Other issues discussed at the meeting included improving banking services in rural areas, tracking cases of rape and sexual offenses against women and children, setting up fast-track courts for such cases. and the implementation of direct benefit transfer (DBT).

The meeting brought together chief ministers from Rajasthan (Ashok Gehlot), Haryana (Manohar Lal Khattar) and Himachal Pradesh (Jai Ram Thakur); the lieutenant governors of Delhi (Vinai Kumar Saxena) and Ladakh (Radha Krishna Mathur); Director of Chandigarh Banwarilal Purohit.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Punjab Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema and senior ministers from member states also attended the meeting.

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