CM chairs meeting to review PITB performance

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LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar presided over an important meeting here on Tuesday in which performance, progress made on different programs and future roadmap of Punjab Information Technology Board (PTIB) was reviewed in detail.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that the promotion of information and communication technologies in different sectors will bring ease in the lives of the citizens, adding that ICT will be dextrously utilised to develop the outdated system on modern lines. The province of Punjab will be developed as an IT hub and every possible effort will be made to develop the IT sector on modern lines, he added. He opined that the adoption of e-governance and e-service delivery is the need of the hour as both will facilitate the people. He directed that every public complaint lodged through the Chief Minister’s Complaint Centre (0800-02345) should be timely disposed of. The meeting decided to construct another IT park adjacent to Arfa Software Technology Park and planned to lay the foundation stone by the end of this year. It was further decided to introduce a computerised application for the promotion of tourism. This application will contain all the necessary information and other details about tourist-spots in the province.

Usman Buzdar said that as much as 31 services are being provided to the people at 10 khidmat centres; and keeping in view their utility, it has been decided to establish new khidmat centres in 27 districts. He expressed the satisfaction that the total number of services offered at khidmat centres has, now, reached to 43. Meanwhile, regional tech incubation centres will be established in nine divisions under Punjab Innovate Program, he said. The chief minister maintained that e-payment gateway program will help the citizens to pay their taxes and other dues online. He announced that the latest IT system has been installed in nine division to maintain direct liaison with the people adding that this facility would help to solve their problems. Along with it, a smart monitoring system has also been devised and planning, funding and implementation of development projects would be possible through this it. Meanwhile, the record of employees of 42 Punjab government departments is being digitised as well. The chief minister was briefed that 7 thousand complaints, out of a total of 50626 lodged through CM Complaint Centre, have been
redressed. Provincial minister Yasir Humayun, Chairman P&D, Chairman PITB, secretaries of higher education and finance departments and others attended the meeting.

CM message on world senior citizens day: Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has said that elderly persons are our societal asset and the protection of their rights is a collective responsibility of the
society. In his message, Usman Buzdar said that looking after the elderly persons is a religious as well as moral obligation of all of us adding that senior citizens joy special rights in modern societies.
Islam has also taught us about giving respect to the elder, he added. He said that the PTI government has started a special programme for elderly citizens and the monthly allowance will be given to citizens of more than 65 years of age in the province. In this regard, ‘Bahimat
Buzurg’ program is being started with an amount of Rs.3 billion. He said that the protection of rights and taking care of the elderly citizens is a part of government priorities and we should also
reiterate this commitment that steps for the protection of rights of the elderly citizens will be continued. The purpose of celebrating this day is to educate the youth about the problems and needs of elderly persons. As a nation, we should also acknowledge the services
of senior citizens rendered for the society and their families, he added.

CM condoles loss of lives: Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in a road accident near Sukheki. He has extended sympathies to he bereaved heirs and directed the administration to provide the best healthcare
facilities to the injured.