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Corporate espionage impact: CCTVs to be installed in corridors of sensitive ministries including Home, Defence, Telecom and others

Delhi Police said the arrested former govt employees visited Shastri Bhawan at least “twice every week” in the night but were never detected by the CISF.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Feb 23, 2015, 08.56 AM IST
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Further, a ban will be imposed on entry into offices after office hours and only those with specific authorisation from will be allowed to get in
Further, a ban will be imposed on entry into offices after office hours and only those with specific authorisation from will be allowed to get in
NEW DELHI: The government is moving to tighten security measures by installing CCTVs in the corridors of sensitive ministries including Home, Defence, Telecom, Finance, Power, Coal, Environment and Petroleum in the wake of the unfolding corporate espionage case. Further, a ban will be imposed on entry into offices after office hours and only those with specific authorisation from superior officers will be allowed to get in, according to officials familiar with the plans to step up security.

Corporate espionage impact: CCTVs to be installed in corridors of sensitive ministries including Home, Defence, Telecom and others The Cabinet Secretariat, Home Ministry and Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) are also expected to circulate standard operating procedures (SOPs) which will, among other things, instruct bureaucrats not to leave files lying around when they leave for the day but instead lock these inside steel almirahs.

They will also be asked to take better care of keys. The serving and former government employees arrested for allegedly purloining files had managed to obtain duplicate keys to the rooms several top oil ministry officials.

Files of at least six ministries have been found in the possession of those arrested.

“We now have a biometric aadhaar based biometric system to record entry and exit timings of government officials — proper monitoring of the same could itself go a long way in stopping such incidents,” a senior DoPT official said.

The Central Industrial Security Force, which guards most ministries, will also be “suitably sensitised” for the job, senior government officials told ET.

Ongoing investigation into the unfolding corporate espionage case has revealed several security loopholes.

The arrested exgovernment employees had unfettered access to the Shastri Bhawan offices of the oil ministry after 9 PM in the night, well after closing hours, using fake identity cards and with inside help from serving junior officials who allegedly switched off CCTVs during the alleged theft of documents.

CISF is facing criticism for not being able to detect this unauthorised entry at night and raising no alarms after CCTVs were switched off for at least a couple of hours.

Delhi Police sources said the arrested former government employees visited Shastri Bhawan at least “twice every week” in the night to commit the thefts but were never detected by the CISF.

Arvind Ranjan, the CISF DG said he would not comment on the matter since “we are waiting for the investigation to be over”.

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