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50 tips for state from security council

These are some of the 50-suggestions that three sub-committees of the jumbo 66-member Maharashtra State Security Council (SSC) will present to the state government within a fortnight.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2009 01:05 IST
Ketaki Ghoge

Can we set up mass workshops to train citizens to make their wi-fi connections secure? Can the government fund cyber monitoring of the Internet to track and store sensitive information? And can we have a statewide ID card, which can work as effectively as the social security number for US citizens?

These are some of the 50-suggestions that three sub-committees of the jumbo 66-member Maharashtra State Security Council (SSC) will present to the state government within a fortnight.

It could cost the state around Rs 142 crore to implement all the recommendations focusing on various security aspects.

The plan will be submitted on behalf of three sub-committee heads, including Vijay Mukhi, who heads the group on communication and cyber-security; sheriff Indu Shahani, who heads the group on public awareness and education, and industrialist Sushil Jiwarajka, who heads the industry-administration group.

“The state security council got a lot of flak for being unwieldy and having 66 members. We wanted to put an end to this by constructively working out a plan on security and engaging the government, industry and civil society,’’ said Mukhi.

He added that the plan was being circulated among other members of the SSC as well as the industry to include others suggestions. It will then be submitted to the state government.

At the first meeting of the SSC in January, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had said the members could submit any interesting security suggestions and the government would consider them.

Mukhi and others have done just that. The 50-pointers include relatively simple suggestions like having cyber Security weeks, setting up e-panchayats to register of cyber complaints, and tackles trickier issues like intercepting Internet phone calls and fielding hackers.

Some of the suggestions like setting up of an intensive network of CCTV, estimated around Rs 100 crore is already under consideration by the government. But, help from the industry is likely to be welcome. Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal had pointed out that the SSC may be an advisory body but its recommendations can be of help to the government.