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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala’s Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Sunday said tough action will be taken against officials found guilty of leaking to media information about a probe into an IT project that has incurred losses. 

Reports surfaced last week that around Rs.2 crore had been wasted over an allegedly flawed IT project.

A senior police officer told police chief T.P. Senkumar that he suspected that the news about a probe into the IT project was leaked to media.

Inspector General of Police Manoj Abraham approached Senkumar against his junior and Superintendent of Police Rahul Nair for allegedly leaking information about the probe to the media, sources in the police said.

Enraged over the development, Chennithala said that irresponsible behavior would not be tolerated in a disciplined force.

“A detailed probe is currently on and it includes not only the IT project, but also if there is any purposeful act on the part of police officials to play truant. We are waiting for the report,” said Chennithala.

“… tough action will be taken against those who have erred,” he added.

The home minister said the IT project was implemented in the 2012-13 fiscal during which he was not the minister.

Last week, Chennithala ordered a Crime Branch probe into the Kerala Police IT project, which was handed over to a now closed Bengaluru-based IT firm. The project has incurred a loss of around Rs.2 crore.

The IT project was part of a police modernization drive for an electronic beat monitoring system in seven districts.

The company failed to complete the job in the stipulated two year duration.

(IASNS)

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Home Minister Amit Shah Inaugurates Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre

Citizens now can report cyber crimes online

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Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre is a citizen-centric initiative that will enable citizens to report cyber crimes online. Pixabay

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday inaugurated the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) and also the dedicated National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal to the nation, a citizen-centric initiative that will enable citizens to report cyber crimes online.

This state-of-the-art Centre is located in New Delhi.

The scheme to set up I4C was approved in October 2018 at an estimated cost of Rs 415.86 crore to deal with all types of cybercrimes in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. It has seven components — a national cyber crime threat analytics unit, a national cyber crime reporting portal, a national cyber crime training centre, a cyber crime ecosystem management unit, a national cyber crime research and innovation centre, a national cyber crime forensic laboratory ecosystem and platform for joint cyber crime investigation team.

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The scheme to set up Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre was approved in October 2018 at an estimated cost of Rs 415.86 crore to deal with all types of cybercrimes in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. Pixabay

At the initiative of the Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA), 15 states and Union Territories (UTs) have given their consent to set up regional Cyber Crime Coordination Centres at their respective regions, a government statement said.

“National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (www.cybercrime.gov.in) is a citizen-centric initiative that will enable citizens to report cyber crimes online through the portal. All the cyber crime related complaints will be accessed by the concerned law enforcement agencies in the states and UTs for taking action as per law.”

This portal was launched on pilot basis on August 30, 2019 and it enables filing of all cyber crimes with specific focus on crimes against women, children, particularly child pornography, child sex abuse material, online content pertaining to rapes and gang rapes.

So far, more than 700 police districts and more than 3,900 police stations have been connected with this portal, said the statement. After its successful completion, this portal can improve the capacity of the law enforcement agencies to investigate the cases and will improve success in prosecution and also focuses on specific crimes like financial crime and social media related crimes like stalking and cyber bullying.

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This portal will also improve coordination amongst the law enforcement agencies of different states, districts and police stations for dealing with cyber crimes in a coordinated and effective manner, said the statement, adding the MHA is committed to provide and create an eco system for dealing with the cyber crimes in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.

“In future, this portal will provide for chatbot for automated interactive assistance system to the public for guidance on cybercrime prevention and how to report incidents on the portal.” (IANS)