Jharkhand plans cyber-crime control cell

The cell, headed by a Chief Information Officer, will have a crackdown team of police personnel including a DSP and eight Sub Inspectors

Ranchi: The Jharkhand government has decided to set up a cyber security research centre (CSRC) with a view to putting an effective curb on the incidences of cyber related fraud and crime.

The centre will function as a special unit with the Special Branch. It will have a team of police personnel headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) rank officer along with eight sub-inspector rank officers. A group of trained personnel selected from different district police will assist the unit in operation.

Confirming the move, State Home Secretary JB Tubid said that constitution of the CSRC would begin soon after it gets the nod of the Cabinet.

As per the proposal, the government will appoint the Chief Information officer and Chief Surveillance Officer-cum-Advisor on contract basis at the lump sum salary of Rs 60,000 and Rs 50,000 per month respectively.

As the State government is planning to promote usage of information technology (IT) as chief mode of governance, existence of a highly qualified cell capable of tacking the cyber-related fraud and crimes has become unavoidable, Tubid said.

The centre will be vested with rights to put on certain cell numbers on surveillance with permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs and carry on raids at its own to nab the criminals engaged in cyber-related frauds.

The State government would set up a high-power committee headed by an Additional Director General (ADG) or Inspector General-level officer to short-list the officers and personnel for appointment in the CSRC.

Special PS for women, children
Meanwhile in a separate move the Jharkhand government, battling with the high incidences of trafficking and women related atrocities, is now seriously contemplating setting up special police stations in every district to handle cases involving children and women.

The special police stations would be different from the general ones and would function with the support of some selected non-government organisations (NGOs) endowed with the experience in dealing with welfare of child and women.

Director General of Jharkhand Police Gauri Shankar Rath said these police stations would be manned by psychologists, counsellors and doctors besides policemen to extend counselling and medical help to the woman and children found in conflict with law.

Confirming the move, State Home Secretary JB Tubid said that a proposal regarding creation of special police stations across the State had been sent to the Law Department for necessary modification and framing the rules for their operation.

“If everything goes as per the plan, the special police stations would become a reality by the end of this year,” he added.

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