Published On: Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015

Need to Synergise Government Communication efforts:  Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth

s2015020261864New Delhi: 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.
New Delhi: 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.

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