Child victims of cyber crimes can now lodge their complaints at National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)’s POCSO e-box. Considering the growing menace of cyber crimes targeting children, NCPCR has now enhanced the scope of POCSO e-box to handle cyber bullying, cyber stalking, morphing of images and child pornography. Child victims themselves or their friends, parents, relatives or guardians can report cyber crimes by pressing the e-box button available at the Commission’s website, www.ncpcr.gov.in They can also register their complaints on email id: pocsoebox-ncpcr@gov.in or mobile no.: 9868235077. Child abuse is finding new forms and channels through mobile and digital technologies. In India about 134 million children have access to mobile phones and the number is growing very fast with even faster access to internet. While this provides opportunities for accessing useful material for learning purposes, lack of digital literacy and online safety measures expose children to hazards of cyber crime. POCSO e-box is an easy and direct medium for reporting of child sexual abuse under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. Developed by NCPCR, POCSO e-box was launched by Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi last year.

Thiruvananthapuram tops the list; Capitals Amaravati, Patna, Srinagar, Bengaluru, Shimla, Dehradun, Aizawl, Gangtok selected

20 cities to contest for remaining 10 slots

No compromise in selection of cities and quality of smart city plans, says Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu
            Central government today announced another list of 30 cities for development as smart cities taking the total cities picked up so far to 90 under Smart City Mission launched on June 25, 2015.

            Announcing the new batch of smart cities at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation here today, Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu said that 45 cities contested for 40 available smart city slots but only 30 were selected to ensure feasible and workable plans that match the aspirations of the citizens as directed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi while launching the mission.
            The 30 cities announced today in the order of marks scored are:
S.No
City
State/UT
1
Trivendrum
Kerala
2
Naya Raipur
Chattisgarh
3
Rajkit
Gujarat
4
Amaravati
Andhra Pradesh
5
Patna
Bihar
6
Karimnagar
Telangana
7
Muzaffarpur
Bihar
8
Puducherry
Puducherry
9
Gandhinagar
Gujarat
10
Srinagar
Jammu & Kashmir
11
Sagar
Madhya Pradesh
12
Karnal
Haryana
13
Satna
MP
14
Bengaluru
Karnataka
15
Shimla
Himachal Pradesh
16
Dehradun
Uttarakhand
17
Tiruppur
Tamil Nadu
18
Pimpri chinchwad
Maharashtra
19
Bilaspur
Chattisgah
20
Pasighat
Arunachal Pradesh
21
Jammu
Jammu & Kashmir
22
Dahod
Gujarat
23
Tirunelveli
Tamil Nadu
24
Thootukkudi
Tamil Nadu
25
Tiruchirapalli
Tamil Nadu
26
Jhansi
UP
27
Aizawl
Mizoram
28
Allahabad
UP
29
Aligarh
UP
30
Gangtok
Sikkim

            Shri Naidu informed that the 30 cities announced today proposed a total investment of Rs.57,393 cr under respective smart city plans. This includes Rs.46,879 cr for ensuring core infrastructure in the areas identified by citizens for area based development and Rs.10,514 cr for technology based solutions for improving governance , service delivery and utilization of infrastructure. With this the total investment approved under the smart city plans of 90 cities has gone up to Rs.1,91,155 cr.
            The Minister said that 20 cities will be contesting for the remaining 10 slots under smart city mission. These are; Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Biharsharif (Bihar), Diu (Daman & Diu), Silvassa (Dadra and Nager Haveli), Kavaratti (Lakshadweep), Navimumbai, Greater Mumbai and Amaravati (Maharashtra), Imphal (Manipur), Shillong (Meghalaya), Dindigul and Erode(Tamil Nadu), Bidhannagar, Durgapur and Haldia (West Bengal), Meerut,Rai  Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Sharanpur and Rampur (UP).
            Shri Naidu said selection of cities for smart city development is running ahead of schedule and the remaining cities would submit revised smart city plans for filling up the vacant slots.

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