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Accessing pornography to be tough, Govt orders tough measures

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In a bid to stamp out online access to pornography, especially the child pornography, the Government on Wednesday ordered taking strict measures. Besides, an online portal for preparing, follow up and issue of advisory on financial fraud related matters will soon come into existence.

The directions were issued as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh presided a meeting in New Delhi to discuss this year’s Action Plan of the CIS Division, created under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on November 10, 2017.

Expressing “concern over the rising incidents of sharing pornography over the internet”, Singh directed for an effective mechanism to “strictly monitor cyber space and block website flouting India’s laws, especially child porn”.

It was also decided that the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) and the Cyber Police Force will be set up under the newly created Cyber & Information Security (CIS) Division of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

The  CIS Division will have four Wings, namely Security Clearance, Cyber Crime Prevention, Cyber Security and Information Security Wings each headed by an Under Secretary level Officer. It is also proposed to appoint the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Deputy CISO.

Moreover, the Union Home Minister, while reviewing the Police-1 Division, was informed that a website has been created “ips.gov.in” containing relevant information for IPS Officers. The process of Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR), filing of Immovable Property Returns (IPRs) and updation of Executive Record (ER) sheets has been turned online.

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