Rajnath Singh says people friendly but tough police can tackle criminals and terrorists

Rajnath Singh says people friendly but tough police can tackle criminals and terrorists

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has said that a people friendly but tough police is needed to take strong action against criminals and terrorists. The Union Home Minister reviewed the Law and Order situation in Karnataka at a high-level meeting held in Bangaluru, today.

The Union Home Minister suggested the Karnataka Police to fill up all its vacancies which was nearly 20 percent of its total strength, on a priority basis. He also asked them to adopt latest technology and modernize the forces.

Shri Rajnath Singh instructed the authorities to take action on reports of discrimination against people from the North Eastern states living in Bangaluru. The Home Minister also asked the State administration to remain vigilant on illegal immigration from Bangladesh in Karnataka. Action against the sale of pre-activated SIM cards in the State was also discussed in the meeting.

The Government of Karnataka requested the Centre to sanction two extra Indian Reserve Police battalions for the state and the Union Home Minister has assured them that their demand would be positively examined. Shri Rajnath Singh also stated that the Centre will consider increasing the number of Marine India Reserve Battalions in the state to strengthen its coastal security.


Dr.Nandita Chatterjee takes over as new Secretary(Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation)

Comes with experience of working in urban sector and international organizations

Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu bids farewell to outgoing secretaries

Dr.Nandita Chatterjee today took over as the new Secretary in the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA). Her last assignment was as Member-Secretary, National Commission for Women.

Dr.N.Chatterjee, an IAS Officer of 1980 batch belongs to West Bengal Cadre and has served in different capacities in the state and central governments and international organisations like the UNDP and WHO. She holds Masters degree in Economics from Calcutta University and Masters in Development Economics from the University of Manchester, U.K. She also holds Doctoral Degree in Sociology and Anthropology.

Dr.N.Chatterjee served as Collector of 24 Parganas and Hughli districts, Excise Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer of Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority besides being Secretary(Urban Development) and School Education in the Government of West Bengal.

Dr.N.Chatterjee also served in the Government of India in the Ministries of Rural Development and Environment & Forests. She also has served for over six years in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Health Organisation(WHO). Her last international assignment was as Capacity Development Advisor, UNDP in Afghnistan.

Minister of Urban Development and HUPA Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today bid farewell to outgoing Secretary(UD) Shri Shankar Aggarwal and Secretary(HUPA) Smt.Anita Agnihotri, who were posted to other Ministries on January 31, 2015. The Minister thanked both of them for their work in respective ministries and wished them success in their new assignments.


Need to Synergise Government Communication efforts: Shri Ajit Seth

Cabinet Secretary addresses Valedictory Session on Workshop on Streamlining Government Communication

Cabinet Secretary Shri Ajit Seth has said that in the new communication environment, there was a need to integrate and synergise government efforts in a professional and calibrated manner. This was critical in view of the change in the mode, nature and content of communication. The need of the hour was to device modalities to deliver services and access to information. This would enable the government to engage with citizens and receive feedback. Ministries and departments need to be geared up to address the challenges of information dissemination especially in the social media space. There was a need to put in place strategies to utilise social media as a tool to interact with the people. Shri Seth stated this while delivering the valedictory address at the workshop on “Streamlining Government Communication” organised by the Press Information Bureau under the aegis of Ministry of I&B at the national Media Centre here today.

Shri Seth further stated that in the recent past efforts had been made to mainstream communication in addressing disaster and emergency situations as there is a dearth of information in such situations. The challenge was also in view of the different communication requirements of concerned stakeholders and recipients. The officers of Press Information Bureau need to be empowered and given timely information.

Elaborating further, the Cabinet Secretary mentioned that in view of the recent initiatives of the government such as “Digital India”, the crowdsourcing method had been adopted. This in turn reiterated the need to have a strategy for addressing issues in totality. In view of the framework adopted for the current workshop, states should be encouraged to organise such workshops on a similar pattern.

Inviting suggestions for the forthcoming Civil Services Day on how to equip civil servants professionally in order to discharge their responsibilities better, he mentioned that one of the areas for discussions could be enhancing the ability of civil servants to communicate.


Current Communication Scenario offers tremendous opportunity for Government Communication Need to harness opportunities in the social media for Enhanced
outreach- Shri Arun Jaitley

Shri Arun Jaitley inaugurates Workshop on ‘Streamlining Government Communication’

The Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Information and Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley said, as technology influenced change in the communication landscape, the future belonged to digital media due to its reach, scale, variety and accessibility. The technological thrust also impacted the nature of information dissemination in view of changes taking place globally across platforms. These rapid changes had led to a convergence of technological touch points in the media space, impacting the nature and flow of information dissemination. Elaborating further, Shri Jaitley said the nature and character of news dissemination had undergone change due to the challenges thrown by 24x7 television consistently. The Camera today had become the prime mover for defining content and setting the agenda, thereby impacting the flow of news. Shri Jaitley stated this while inaugurating the Workshop on ‘Streamlining Government Communication’ organized by Press Information Bureau under the aegis of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting here today at the National Media Centre.

On the relevance and importance of government communication in the changed communication paradigm, Shri Jaitley said the environment today offered a tremendous opportunity to stakeholders within the government to disseminate credible, factual, relevant and reader friendly information. A large constituency even today existed which required authentic and credible information from the government. The Minister called upon the participants to package data, facts and information keeping in mind contemporary tools and trends, media requirements and content for opinion makers and analysts in the media space.

Regarding the packaging of Government information, the Minister emphasized that Government Departments needed to optimally utilize their websites to place accurate and credible information. The website platforms were an important medium to address concerns of stakeholders who required information related to the policies and initiatives of the Government. The content of the website needed to be in a language which was easy to read and understand. Each Ministry also needed to cultivate the mechanism of reaching out to those stakeholders who constituted the wider assembly of people including representatives of the people/civil society, etc. Shri Jaitley also referred to the need to utilize different tools available in the social media space i.e. Twitter, Blog, Facebook to enhance the reach of Government communication. During the course of the address, the Minister also mentioned that the media needed to take a comprehensive view of the decision making process while highlighting the decisions taken by the Government.

In his remarks to the participants, Minister of State, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that the current communication perspective was driven by speed, accuracy, brevity and clarity of thought. It was imperative to utilize new tools of communication for enhancing outreach to a wide range of stakeholders. Perception management had also become a critical tool in the communication paradigm and needed to be addressed in totality.

In his opening remarks, Secretary (I&B), Shri Bimal Julka gave an overview of the efforts being made by the Ministry of I&B to position the communication approaches of the Government. Shri Julka outlined the key initiatives undertaken by the Ministry to address the new challenges in the context of adopting a 360 degree approach, integrated media planning and initiatives undertaken in the social media space. Shri Julka also outlined the specific initiatives undertaken for Swachh Bharat Mission, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and PM’s Jan Dhan Yojana along with efforts of the Ministry in addressing the crisis situation. Emphasizing the need of integrating the IEC component within proposals for consideration/approval, Secretary called upon the participants to formulate the Cabinet proposals wherein the IEC component was an inbuilt part of the said proposal. This would enhance the communication efforts and address the budgetary requirements.

In his welcome address, Shri Frank Noronha, DG, PIB gave the rationale of organising the Workshop and the challenges before the Press Information Bureau in addressing the communication needs of the Government. DG, PIB referred to the critical role being played by PIB in view of the paradigm shift in the media space and the needs and requirement of stakeholders. He also highlighted the need for synergy among various Ministries/Departments for better outreach of Government policies/programmes.

The one day Workshop being convened would be discussing various perspectives/issues on Changing Media Scenario viz Emergences of Social Media, Communication of Financial Policy of the Government to Regional Media’, and ‘PMO Perspectives on Media Communication among others through Technical Sessions, Panel Discussions, Open-house Discussions, Question & Answer Sessions, etc. The Workshop is being attended by officers of the level of Joint Secretary and above along with Private Secretaries to Ministers from various Ministries and Departments. The Workshop aims to integrate the enhanced role of Government communication through various media platforms.
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