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?Public inputs can aid policy formation?

india Updated: Sep 11, 2006 15:05 IST
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‘‘THE STATE government will set up a task force to study the recommendations churned out at the seminar on three varied but challenging subjects – information technology and cyber crime, domestic violence and genetic engineering –while making policies in these fields,’’ assured Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

He was inaugurating the seminar organised jointly by Department of IT, MP Government and Madhya Pradesh Police, Association of Retired Supreme Court and High Court Judges of India, voluntary organisation CECOEDECON and ASHA at Hotel Sayaji here today.

Elaborating, Chouhan said that though there was general understanding that elected representatives should frame the laws it was not their exclusive prerogative. Rather there should be a dialogue with all sections of society as it helps policy formation. He said he had held a meeting of woman panchayats soon after he was elected so that they were able to present the problems faced in the rural areas, whose input could be used for better policy formation.

Chouhan said that with the advent of new technologies, new forms of crime were being committed and posing new challenges before police. In this context, he said that changes were urgently needed in Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to deal with these emerging problems.

Referring to domestic violence in the State, Chouhan said that his government had decided that it would ensure that at least 10 per cent of the police workforce should comprise women. Working towards this Mahila Desks and Mahila Helplines had been set up in all district headquarters.

Earlier, in his welcome address at the inaugural session, PWD, Energy and IT Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said that cyber crime was a major challenge for the police since only educated persons,who were more intelligent, were perpetrating these crimes.

On the raging debate over genetically modified seeds, Vijayvargiya said that India’s strength lay in her bio-diversity, and with GM seeds there was real danger of the genetic pool getting depleted.

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice R C Lahoti said that revolutionary changes were taking place in our society currently due to changes in technology, and the challenges we were facing due to it.

He wondered whether genetic engineering would end civilisation as we knew it at present, whether the family would exist as it does or whether it would become a group of ‘like minded’ people.

Quoting from Alvin Toffler, who wrote the highly influential book Future Shock in 1970, he said that earlier thoughts came first and then came technology, but now things have come to such a pass that technology was moving ahead of thoughts.