Pune 07 Nov 2017 (PCP NEWS) : The two new divisions, Counter-Radicalization and Cyber Security are likely to be created as part of an administrative restructuring plan that will see the merger of four existing divisions of the Home Ministry into two.
The cyber security division of the MHA is being formed as Rajnath Singh, concerned at the exponential growth in cyber crimes. With radicalization, mostly online, and cyber crimes emerging as major security challenges, the Modi government has decided to create two new divisions in the home ministry to shape up policy and response to these new-age threats.
“Online Radicalization has become a global phenomenon, given the growing use of social media by terrorists outfits for propaganda. Though this problem is not too pronounced in India, with only a few youth influenced enough to join IS or travel to Iraq, Syria. The need for a Counter-Radicalization Division and policy was felt as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was keen that the problem be “ Nipped in the Bud,“ said a Home Ministry officer.
The officer said that even though online radicalization has only had a limited influence on young Indian Muslims, with their families acting as buffer against attempts by IS elements to lure them to fight in Iraq-Syria, “This does not mean we don’t have trends available that will help devise strategies to nip the problem in the bud“.
The judicial division and Center-State divisions are being rolled into one, as are international cooperation and public grievances divisions. “Though home ministry will continue to have 18 divisions even after the restructuring, eliminating the need for Cabinet approval, consolidation of four divisions into two will create space for two additional divisions headed by joint-secretary level officers.The structural changes are likely to take effect in the next few days, possibly within this month,“ said a Home Ministry functionary.
While the Counter-Radicalization Division will focus on tracking and assessing the online reach of global terrorist outfits like the Islamic State terror group and devising strategies to counter their propaganda. The Cyber Security Division will monitor online crimes and threats, including cyber fraud and hacking, and suggest ways to minimize and fight them. PCP/SDJ 14 30