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Industry should intensify R&D in security technology: Shekhar Dutt Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Thursday, 05 February 2009
New Delhi : Security is getting far more comprehensive connotation than purely a military or law and order construct. Today, the civil society is conceiving itself as an equal and complementing matrix of national security, said Mr. Shekhar Dutt, SM, Deputy National Security Advisor, Government of India. He was speaking at Technical Seminar on Internal Security, organised today by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

He further added, ‘Our policies and strategies need to prepare for the future and not merely address the present. From box-based planning, we need to orient to a transformational mode where activity lines and time lines are well defined.’ For achieving a competent position globally, he mentioned that the industry should intensify R&D with regard to security technology. He urged for a better instrumentation of security environment, by linking the economy with science in a manner which is structured and monitorable.

Mr. Dutt said that, ‘internal security involves human beings who value their own freedom as much as they value the nation’s security. Therefore technology is definitely an important tool; though the essential driver remains the human mind. India is witnessing a transition from a traditionally developing society to a modern state accentuated because of ongoing technological revolution. We are witnessing awakening of the dormant mass that wish to challenge the unity of elites at the top of the national pyramid.’

In the backdrop of Mumbai attacks, Ms. Anita Choudhary, Additional Secretary (CS), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India pointed out terrorism, left wing extremism and insurgency in the North-East India region as major threats to India’s security. There is however a greater need for development of domestic manufacturing base for sophisticated security technology.

She further added, ‘Increase in the number of business establishments has increased the need for security. This in turn presents a scope for the security business establishments to help in building capacity in security domain, which includes mobility equipments, communication devices, security equipments, forensic mechanism etc.’

Highlighting the opportunities in securities industry, Mr. Ajai Chowdhary, Chairman, CII National Committee on IT, ITES & E-Commerce & Founder – HCL, Chairman & CEO HCL Infosystems Limited, stated, ‘Since the world is restructuring its decade old treaties to accommodate India’s interest, India should exceed its technological capabilities. The security matrix has to be refined further by moving ahead of sensors based setup. The nation has to adopt technologies like data warehousing and data mining for a better tracking’. Mr. Choudhary also pointed out that the Indian Administration has beefed-up budget of developing security and surveillance capabilities to US$ 10 billion.  Acquisition for radar for 7,500 km long coastline is in operation. The Ministry of Home Affairs declared developing airborne capabilities for National Security Guards (NSG) and modernisation of State Police Forces.

Offering the vote of thanks, Mr. S Sen, Principal Advisor, CII, said, ‘Since 1993, CII has been working with the Ministry of Defence to increase industry participation in defence production. With this seminar CII intends to take ahead the initiative to the Ministry of Home Affairs as well. Based on the feedback from the seminar, CII will come out with a comprehensive long term plan on Internal Security. The task force will envisage policy advocacy for the security environment; drawing guidelines by bringing out the best practices in the industry; and spread awareness about technology amongst the security framework.’

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