A parliamentary group has suggested the federal Home Office could encourage state governments to identify cyber hotspots in their states and maintain data files on cybercrime occurring in them.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, headed by BJP MP Brijlal, stated that despite the Internet States and Union Territories may have significant populations that do not have access to it for various reasons.
“The committee recommends that the ministry could encourage state governments to identify internet hotspots in their states and maintain data files on the internet. Internet Crime The crimes committed in these hotspots and the steps being taken to curb them,” the panel said in its report to parliament on Friday.
The data may be collected by the “India Cybercrime Coordination Center (I4C)” and shared with other states so they can formulate policies to tackle such cybercrime, the team said.
Therefore, the committee suggested that the police force could adopt various strategies such as regularly publicizing its achievements at community, village and district committee meetings to increase police-civilian interaction, organizing awareness weeks and Jan Sabhas, among others. It states that the focus should be on a nationwide capacity-building campaign focusing on developing and instilling high professional and ethical standards as well as the attitude and social skills of personnel.
The committee noted that states and the Union Territories have been required to install IP cameras at strategic locations in all police stations and to conduct regular audits of all installed CCTV.
The committee further noted that the Ministry of Law and Justice has been approached to recommend that states and the Federal Territory install CCTV in magistrates’ courts. The panel said it wanted to know the status of action by states and the Federal Territory on the matter.