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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hacking of Government Website

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Ministry of Communications & Information Technology

Hacking of Government Website

The Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot today informed in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha that the website of Ministry of External Affairs (www.mea.gov.in) hosted and maintained by National Informatics Centre (NIC) has not been hacked.

The specific steps taken by Government to ensure cyber security are:

*    All the new government websites and applications are to be audited with respect to cyber security prior to their hosting. The auditing of the websites and applications will be conducted on a regular basis after hosting also.

*    National Informatics Centre (NIC) has been directed not to host web sites which are not audited with respect to cyber security.

*    National Informatics Centre (NIC) which hosts the governments are websites is continuously engaged in upgrading and improving the security posture of its hosting infrastructure.

*    All the Ministries/ Departments of Central Government and State Government are implementing the Crisis Management Plan to counter cyber attacks and cyber terrorism.

*    The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issues alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats and countermeasures on regular basis.

The existing Government websites are periodically audited from security perspective and vulnerabilities found are plugged.

Source: PIB

Updating Records of Records of Trade Union Membership

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Ministry of Labour & Employment

Updating Records of Records of Trade Union Membership

The Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has informed the Rajya Sabha the general verification of membership of Trade Unions affiliated to Central Trade Union Organizations(CTUOs) was last done with date of reckoning as 31.12.2002 and state-wise as well as industry-wise result was notified by this Ministry vide order dated 11.1.2008.

The registration of Trade Unions is done by the respective Registrars of the Trade Unions of the State Governments and the registered Trade Unions are required to submit annual Statutory Returns to the Registrars of Trade unions of the State Governments. The membership data is not required to be routed to the Ministry under the Trade Unions Act, 1926 and, hence, not maintained centrally.

Section 28 (4) of the Trade Unions Act, 1926 provides for examination of the documents relating to annual returns submitted by the Trade Unions, by the Registrar or any officer authorized by him.

The process of fresh general verification of Trade Unions affiliated to Central Trade Union Organizations has already commenced. This is a lengthy and time consuming process. So far, two meetings of the Standing Committee on general verification, comprising representatives from various Central Trade Union organizations have been held under the chairmanship of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) and the date of reckoning for fresh general verification unanimously decided as 31.12.2011.

The Minister was replying to a written question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source: PIB

Modernisation of Department of Posts

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Ministry of Communications & Information Technology

Modernisation of Department of Posts

Government has approved the ‘IT MODERNIZATION PROJECT’ of Department of Posts for computerization of Post Offices, Mail Offices, Administrative Offices and other field offices. This will involve establishment of required IT infrastructure, development of required software applications with an outlay of Rs.1877.2 crore.

The project has the following salient features:

•    It will establish IT infrastructure of Data Centre and Disaster Recovery Centre and networking of all Departmental Post Offices including appropriate connectivity in the Branch Post Offices in the rural area.

•    The project envisages development of integrated modular scalable applications for Mail, kBanking, Postal Life Insurance, solutions for Accounts and HR operations of the department.

•    The rural post offices will be provided with rural ICT devices with required applications for performing Postal, Savings Bank, Insurance, MGNREGS and Money Order operations.

•    Provision has been made for training, change management, capacity building of the employees of the department along with Project Management activity for smooth and timely implementation of the project.

It is planned to network all Departmental Post Offices and Branch Post Offices in the country subject to availability of connectivity and resources under the “India Post Technology Project-2012”.

The departmental Post Offices are proposed to be networked with appropriate connectivity. Branch Post Offices located in rural areas are proposed to be networked using available connectivity at these locations. The rural ICT Devices in the Branch Post Offices will have the capacity to work in both online/offline mode. The IT project is expected to be implemented by 2012-13 subject to the availability of funds.

This information was given by Shri Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Source: PIB



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