Deal with cyber crime on priority, PM tells police officials

RSTV Bureau
Tekanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech at a valedictory ceremony at DGP/IGP Conference at Tekanpur on Monday. Also seen Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir. PTI Photo

Tekanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech at a valedictory ceremony at DGP/IGP Conference at Tekanpur on Monday. Also seen Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir. PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned the country’s top police officials about increasing social media and cyber crimes and asked them to deal with such crimes on top priority.

Speaking at the concluding day of the annual conference of the DGPs and IGPs at the BSF Academy in Tekanpur in Madhya Pradesh, the prime minister said that there was an emerging global consensus towards greater information sharing on illicit financial dealings and India could play a key role in achieving it.

Referring to the radicalisation of youth, Modi urged the top police officers to use technology to pinpoint the problem areas.

Around 250 top officers from the state police forces and central police organisations participated in the three-day meet.

The prime minister said India is an “organic entity” and not an “assembled” one and asked the police officers from the states to open up in sharing information on illicit financial dealings.

He said while openness is getting increased acceptance worldwide, there is a need for greater openness among states too, on security issues.

He called for greater information sharing among states.

Following a directive of PM Modi, the home ministry has been organising the conference outside the national capital since the NDA government came to power in 2014.

The prime minister recalled how the nature and the scope of the conference has changed since 2014 after it was shifted out of Delhi. He said the conference had become more relevant, in the context of challenges and responsibilities facing the country.

Discussing ways to add even more value to this conference, the prime minister suggested that the follow up should continue through working groups, all the year round.

He emphasised the importance of involving younger officers in staying relevant.

The prime minister also presented President’s police medals for distinguished service to Intelligence Bureau (IB) officers.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and union ministers of states Hansraj Ahir and Shri Kiren Rijiju were also present on the occasion.

(With inputs from agencies)