Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also announced the institution of annual health check-up for all police personnel apart from setting up “Sishu Mitra Resource Centre” to provide technical assistance to investigating officers to handle all child related cases efficiently and within the timelines.
The Chief Minister further informed that the Government of Assam has enhanced ration allowance of Assam Police personnel from the rank of Followers to Inspectors from the existing Rs. 1200 to Rs. 2000 per month with effect from 1st October, 2020.
Speaking on the occasion of Assam police Day, Chief Minister Sonowal lauded the role played by Assam Police to mitigate crisis situation especially during the challenging times of COVID-19 pandemic. Around five thousand police personnel suffered from COVID-19 and as many as 21 succumbed to the disease, which exemplified the dedication, commitment and courage of the Assam Police, the Chief Minister observed.
The month-long campaign being on Cyber security run by Assam Police and CyberPeace Foundation (CPF) is designed to promote and bolster the levels of cyber safety awareness amongst citizens, particularly the youth.
The campaign will focus on all major aspects of online/cyber safety and will leverage digital platforms, webinars, radio campaigns and a host of other activities targeted at various age groups particularly school-going children.
The campaigns will be hosted across the social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) of The Government of Assam, The Assam Police, CPF and will also air on the FM stations. Throughout the campaign, new and emerging areas of cybercrime awareness will be imparted amongst the citizens. Various aspects of new-age cyberfrauds (tele frauds, financial frauds), identity theft crimes (phishing, Vishing), malware detection and more will be covered during this campaign.
The campaign will empower citizens in not only identifying cyber threats but also in the prevention of various cybersecurity incidents before they happen and seek the right redressal in order to mitigate cyber threats. The campaign will especially focus on cyber safety for children, women & parents, along with cyber threats that have emerged during the Covid19 crisis.
Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, DGP, Assam said, “The Covid19 pandemic has highlighted vulnerabilities on cyberspace, which can only be dealt with awareness. Cyber criminals are taking advantage of the widespread panic and confusion in the society. The Cyber Safety Month will allow us to raise awareness on important Cyber Safety issues, particularly among the youth.”
Harmeet Singh, ADGP (S,A,M&L), Assam Police said, “Due to the pandemic, a larger number of people have become active online, which has resulted in a major increase in screen time and online activities. This in turn has resulted in an increase in online transactions and consequent spike in cyber fraud. The principle behind the campaign, is to raise awareness on Cyber Safety and open a free flowing dialogue with the citizen’s to resolve their cyber related issues’’.
The campaign also plans to reach out to the youth and raise a band Cyber Safety Volunteers, across the state.
Vineet Kumar, Founder and President, CyberPeace Foundations, said, “We are honored to have partnered with the Assam Government and the Assam Police to launch this month-long campaign which will help create more cyber aware citizens in Assam for a peaceful and resilient cyberspace. We are glad to have the support of the CM as well in this endeavor to achieve CyberPeace.”