Union Minister for Home Affairs and Cooperation Amit Shah presides over the 30th Northern Zonal Council meeting in Jaipur on July 09, 2022. (Photo: PIB)
Jaipur: Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah has called for strict action against cyber criminals.
He said this while chairing the 30th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council here on July 9, 2022, wherein the stress was laid on preparing an effective strategy, by all stakeholders, to deal with cyber-crime.
Shah instructed to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary to formulate a strategy to prevent financial frauds and cyber-crimes committed through social media.
The Union Home Minister also stressed on the need to train police officers, public prosecutors and cutting edge agencies including telecom companies, their PoS agents with new technology and advanced skills. He called for maximum use of IT tools to detect cyber-crimes and take systematic measures to prevent their recurrence.
The meeting was attended by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Vinai Kumar Saxena, Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh Radha Krishna Mathur, Administrator of Chandigarh Banwarilal Purohit, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Finance Minister of Punjab Harpal Singh Cheema and senior ministers of member States. The meeting was also attended by the Union Home Secretary, Secretaries of the Inter-State Council Secretariat, Chief Secretaries of Member States in the Northern Region and senior officials of the States and Central Ministries and Departments.
Talking about the importance of Zonal Councils, Shah said that these councils provide an important forum for discussions in cordial atmosphere between the Centre and the State, settlement of disputed inter-State issues through unanimous agreement, enhancing regional cooperation between States and issues of common national importance to be implemented across the country.
Between 2006 and 2013, 6 meetings of Zonal Council and 8 meeting of its Standing Committee were held, while from 2014 to 2022, 19 meetings of the Zonal Councils and 24 meetings of Standing Committees were held, Shah said, adding that “we have significantly increased number of meetings of Council and have also made them result-oriented, this momentum and record of achieving results should continue”.
The complex problems of sharing river water among the member states were also discussed in the meeting. Shah also asked the concerned States to take a cordial approach to the issue and find a time bound solution.
A total of 47 issues were discussed in the 30th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council and the 19th meeting of its Standing Committee. Out of these, 4 issues have been identified as important topics at the national level, these are being regularly discussed and monitored in the meetings of various Zonal Councils. These include improving banking services in rural areas, monitoring cases of rape and sexual offenses against women and children, setting up fast track courts for such cases and implementing Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Of the 47 issues that were discussed, 35 issues have been resolved. (Press Release)