Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that promotion of information technology is the need of the hour for speedy development of the province. He said that use of information technology could help in capacity-building and improving the performance of government departments for providing better facilities to the people.
He issued instructions for setting up a special committee headed by Chief Secretary to review and submit recommendations regarding implementation of the road map presented for the establishment of e-government in the province. The committee will submit its report within a month.
He was presiding over a meeting of Information Technology Board. Provincial Minister for Agriculture Malik Ahmed Ali Aulakh, Member Provincial Assembly Syed Zaeem Qadri, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Chairman Planning and Development, Secretaries of Home, Finance, Education, Livestock, Agriculture, Excise departments and other officers concerned were present.
The Chief Minister said that the Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive strategy for the promotion of information technology in the province and an Information Technology Board consisting of experts has been set up in this regard.
He said that information technology can help in rapid progress, therefore, the government has signed an agreement with a leading international company Microsoft. The Chief Minister appreciated the roadmap presented by Chairman Information Technology Board for the promotion of information technology and establishment of e-government and said that it could help achieve positive results.