To prevent leaks, Govt bans mobiles from cabinet meets

RSTV Bureau

In a move to block any possibility of information leakage from cabinet, Government has decided to ban use of mobile phones in cabinet meetings.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with MoS for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and S.S. Ahluwalia arrives for an all-party meeting ahead of the monsoon session, at Parliament House in New Delhi on Sunday, July 17, 2016. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with MoS for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and S.S. Ahluwalia arrives for an all-party meeting ahead of the monsoon session, at Parliament House in New Delhi on Sunday, July 17, 2016.
Photo: PTI

Union Ministers have been asked not to carry mobile phones in Cabinet meetings to avoid hacking of communication devices.

The Cabinet Secretariat has recently issued a directive to private secretaries of the concerned ministers in this regard.

“It has been decided that smartphones/mobile phones will henceforth not be permitted inside the meeting venues of Cabinet/Cabinet Committees,” it said.

The private secretaries have been asked to appropriately brief the ministers on this.

The move assumes significance as security agencies have raised doubts over the security of mobile phones which are prone to hacking.

Official sources said the measure will ensure that the discussion, which is mostly sensitive, during cabinet meetings, remains secret.

Such an instruction has been issued from the government for the first time.

Earlier, ministers were allowed to bring mobile phones with them which would be kept either on silent mode or preferably switched off.