In a first, the Cabinet Secretariat has issued a directive to the Union Ministers to not to carry mobile phones in Cabinet meetings as it could lead to the leakage of information through hacking of communication devices.
The Cabinet Secretariat has recently issued a directive to private secretaries of the concerned ministers in this regard.
"It has been decided that smartphones/mobile phones will henceforth not be permitted inside the meeting venues of Cabinet/Cabinet Committees," it said.
The private secretaries have been asked to appropriately brief the ministers on this.
The move assumes significance as security agencies have raised doubts over the security of mobile phones which are prone to hacking.
Official sources said the measure will ensure that the discussion, which is mostly sensitive, during cabinet meetings remains secret.
Such an instruction has been issued from the government for the first time.
Earlier, ministers were allowed to bring mobile phones with them which would be kept either on silent mode or preferably switched off.
(With inputs from PTI)