PAN­VEL MU­NIC­I­PAL COR­PO­RA­TION AN­NOUNCE­MENT WILL TAKE TIME Cy­ber-safety week ends on mu­si­cal note

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Pan­vel MLA Prashant Thakur has ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity that the state gov­ern­ment will an­nounce the for­ma­tion of Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( PMC) on Jan­uary 26. Thakur has said that while the gov­ern­ment is look­ing pos­i­tively at the is­sue, the process will take longer be­cause var­i­ous for­mal­i­ties have to be com­pleted.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence in Pan­vel on Satur­day, Thakur said, “Un­der the lead­er­ship of for­mer MP Ram­seth Thakur, we met chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis with the de­mand for for ma­tion of PMC with the in­clu­sion of ar­eas around Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil, that is, Kharghar, Kalamboli, Kamothe, Ulwe, Karanja and oth­ers. He had given us a pos­i­tive re­sponse.”

Thakur said, “He has now formed a com­mit­tee to look into the pro­posal and sub­mit a re­port to him in a month. Mean­while, our coun­cil too has ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion, a couple of days ago, ap­prov­ing the pro­posal.”

Thakur said, “Though there has been spec­u­la­tion that the an­nounce­ment about PMC will take place on Jan­uary 26, it is not prac­ti­cally pos­si­ble. Once the com­mit­tee sub­mits its re­port, the gov­ern­ment will study it and there could be more dis­cus­sion. Later, the gov­ern­ment will also call for sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions from the pub­lic. This will take time.”

Thakur said, “Though we can­not put a date on the an­nounce­ment, what is sure is that it will hap­pen.”

Stat­ing that the smart city project of City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) will not clash with the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion’s pow­ers, Thakur said, “The gov­ern­ment has planned the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion un­der Cidco MD San­jay Bha­tia, who is the men­tor of the smart city project. If the cor­po­ra­tion comes into be­ing, the gov­ern­ment will clar­ify the pow­ers of the bod­ies.”

He said, “It is ob­vi­ous that Cidco has not been able to take care of the ba­sic civic ameni­ties of the re­gion and that is why peo­ple have or­gan­ised many mor­chas. All this will be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.”

A va­ri­ety of sem­i­nars on data se­cu­rity, in­tel­lec­tual property rights, so­cial me­dia, cy­ber ter­ror­ism, dig­i­tal ev­i­dence search and seizure, bank­ing and fi­nan­cial crime and dig­i­tal pri­vacy were or­gan­ised in var­i­ous parts of Navi Mum­bai through­out the week.

The sem­i­nars were part of the cy­ber safety week ini­tia­tive launched by the Navi Mum­bai po­lice depart­ment in as­so­ci­a­tion with a bank and a few pri­vate com­pa­nies. The cy­ber safety week con­cluded on Satur­day at the DY Patil Au­di­to­rium, Nerul, where ac­tor R Ma­hade­van was the chief guest along with Nand­ku­mar Sar­avade, for­mer deputy in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice with CBI, and cur­rently a top se­cu­rity pro­fes­sional.

Those present for the fi­nale in­cluded Prab­hat Ran­jan, com­mis­sioner of po­lice Navi Mum­bai, and ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice Vi­jay Chauhan.

The pro­gramme started with dances per­formed by school-go­ers and col­le­gians on the theme of cy­ber safety.

Ad­dress­ing the c r owd , Ma­hade­van said “Ru­ral vil­lages have also got ac­cess to so­cial me­dia as I reg­u­larly get mes­sages about my films.” He said, “So­cial me­dia are be­ing ram­pantly used to dupe peo­ple, es­pe­cially youth, and I ap­peal to the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment to make cy­ber safety an es­sen­tial sub­ject in schools and col­leges.”

“I would want to work out a strat­egy in which we could con­duct aware­ness pro­grams in schools and col­leges, so that young Dancers of Navi Mum­bai-based El­e­vate Dance In­sti­tute per­form on the con­clud­ing day of cy­ber-safety week. peo­ple would be fore­warned about the risks on­line, and make them­selves aware and se­cure,” said Prab­hat Ran­jan.

“We have still miles to go be­fore we can ed­u­cate peo­ple so that they would be safe and se­cure from cy­ber crime,” said Sangeeta Alphonso, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor, Nerul po­lice sta­tion, and cy­ber law ex­pert.

Heart Foun­da­tion, along with city po­lice, an­nounced it is plan­ning to con­duct train­ing pro­grammes on cy­ber safety for school­child­ren.

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