Addressing the passing out parade of 66th batch of IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVP-NPA) here, Singh said the advent of internet and mobile phone has yielded toxic poison in the form of cyber crime, which has global ramifications.

"This has naturally magnified our challenges. Figures on cyber crime for 2013-14 reveal that it is increasing at the rate of 50 per cent per year, with Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh being among the most affected states. North-Eastern states on the contrary, report almost no instances of cyber crime."

"It is not necessary at all for a cyber criminal to reside in your town or country, as this is an act that can be committed from any remote corner of the world but can hit anyone, anywhere, anytime," he said.

The senior BJP leader said that the Home Ministry is taking all steps necessary for prevention of cyber crimes and very soon the government shall further strengthen the Cyber Crime Prevention Strategy.

In view of increase in the number of cyber crimes and their ever newer dimensions, modernisation of police training and police organisation is highly imperative, he said, adding, "I assure you that our government shall take steps for implementing police reforms and expedite modernisation of police force without delay."

Expressing concern that there were only 28 lady officer trainees among 128 officers passed out today, the minister stressed that they must account for more than 50 percent.

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