Cyber security paraphernalia needs to be emboldened says IT Minister

Lucknow: Information and Technology Minister  Sunil Kumar Sharma held a departmental review meeting in the auditorium of the Secretariat main building. Minister of State for the department  Ajit Singh Pal was also present in the said meeting. During the meeting, he discussed in detail about the departmental works and their progress. He said that keeping the idea of ​​making the Information and Technology Department useful for the public at the center, departmental schemes should be made employment-oriented and skill efficiency-oriented. For this, a plan should be made to establish a computer training center in the districts in which children can be given training in various computer courses and after training they should also be provided certificates. This will facilitate employment along with skill development/efficiency in children.

While reviewing the cyber security policy, the Minister said that in the present perspective, cyber crime has become a complex problem, on which effective control is necessary, for this cyber security needs to be made more powerful. While discussing about taking UP forward in the field of technology, he said that for this, by establishing regular coordination and communication with the investors, encourage them to invest in UP.

During the meeting, the Minister was informed about the operation of departmental schemes through departmental institutions – UPDESCO, UPLC, CEG, Sritron India, Uptron Powertronics etc. under the functioning of the department, and a detailed presentation was given regarding the provisions of the departmental budget for the year 2024-25. While reviewing the departmental budget, the departmental minister directed that by the end of June, 2024, financial approvals of 25 percent should be issued on priority basis by all the implementing agencies in relation to the total budgetary provision of Rs 891 crore.

While reviewing the works of government priorities in the meeting, instructions were given to implement the e-office system in a timely manner in all the departments and districts of the state and to make a clear action plan by the department to attract investors in the field of IT. It was expected from his level that such investors who have signed MoUs with the state government should be contacted and appropriate efforts should be made to bring their projects on the ground. Also, it was suggested to make separate efforts to attract other potential investors to the state.
The departmental minister, after being aware of the status of incubators established and operating in the state, expected that they should be categorized on the basis of their performance. Also, it was expected that the number of jobs created through startups in the state should also be assessed. It was advised to conduct a survey to find out the status of use of tablets and smartphones distributed to the youth of the state by the students.

The  Minister stressed on making proper arrangements for training centers for the youth in the districts of the state so that employment-oriented courses can be made available to the youth. The departmental minister also suggested that the IT department should take action for policy formulation with the cooperation of the Home Department to deal with the challenges of cyber security and artificial intelligence in today’s environment.

Principal Secretary, IT & Electronics Department,  Anil Kumar Sagar, Special Secretary & Managing Director, Sritran India,  Rahul Singh, Special Secretary & Managing Director, UPDESCO & Uptron Powertronics,  Neha Jain, Managing Director, UPLC,  Ravi Ranjan and officers of concerned organizations were also present in the said review meeting.


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