President Pranab Mukherjee Friday advocated monitoring of social media for “incendiary messages” in view of “worrying increase” in communal violence in parts of the country.
“There is a worrying increase in communal violence in some parts of our country. To control its spread, the communication system — both external and internal— has to be strengthened,” he said, adding, “The social media, which enables reaching out quickly to large number of people, has to be incessantly monitored for any incendiary messages. Early warning systems have to be put to effective use in potentially troublesome situations.”
Addressing a function organised as part of CRPF’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, the President asked central armed forces to be “sensitive” in areas affected by Left Wing Extremism, and pushed them to ensure a fair election.
On the issue of terrorism, Mukherjee said India was a constant target of extremist groups, and that security forces have to be alert to avert terror strikes in the country.
“The pernicious designs of the terrorists have to be defeated at all levels… To my mind, using information technology, harnessing better intelligence, and drawing greater cooperation from the people would be the key,” he added.
The least number of women candidates have been fielded by the Congress which has given tickets to just five women contestants.