The issue has been discussed over and over, Maintaining Official Websites! Yes it can be a matter of negligence on individual level or at least at an organizational level but what to say when it comes to the mighty government level.
Let’s have a look at present situation of e-government campaign and the websites which are somehow being “managed” by Federal Government.
1. President of Pakistan’s Website
No doubt, President of Pakistan’s Website gets thumbs up after it’s redesign. Discussed earlier, the website was awful before the current revamp.
But the change is here, and a real good one. New website has a decent as well as professional look. Designed well, managed well and unlike the previous one, it is attractive!
One thing that should make one happy is, though not totally but, the website is partially un-biased. Like we have seen the Governor Punjab’s website redirecting to his personal website.
Website has a list of previous Presidents of Pakistan (images not working though) in addition to a dedicated section about Pakistan, covering different aspects.
By partially un-biased I mean there is dedicated page for Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto which in my opinion shouldn’t be there as the website is all about Pakistan and President. Also social media part needs to be updated yet.
With minor typos, overall website design is awesome and it is good to see the change.
Coming to the dark side of the picture, there are many websites which are being ignored and are somehow full of errors.
With small URL and design error to complete website down at the other end, these are the important ones facing negligence.
A portal setup by Government of Pakistan to facilitate access to all the web sites run by various departments and is considered as the official website of Pakistan.
Website gets redirected to http://22.214.171.124/wps/portal and images as well style does not work. (though website opens properly, but rarely)
The same thing as described above, is even in worse condition and the website is under construction for an unknown time.
4. Prime Minister’s Website
Confused? Yes there is no website for Prime Minister of Pakistan but a simple page which is not even working at the moment. http://www.pak.gov.pk/primeminister.aspx
5. PM Secretariat Website
http://pmsectt.gov.pk/ which seems to be offline since its its inception and never faced the audience.
6. Sindh Government’s Website
Sindh Government’s official website is also down with some error at server end.
7. Governor Punjab’s Website
Earlier we seen Governor Punjab’s website linking to Salman Taseer’s personal website even after his assassination and the story was published few months ago. Though the content has been removed now but point to ponder is, from January till July (since Latif Khosa took charge) website has not been updated in 7 months.
8. Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis:
Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis’ website is also down with a 404 error.
There may be other as well with minor glitches such as wrong link to National Bank of Pakistan’s website on http://www.dgip.gov.pk/ (Directorate General Of Immigration & Passports Ministry of Interior – check Information Links in sidebar) but this post is just a wake-up call for all the concerned authorities and to make them aware what is going on.
I leave it for readers to comment who should be blamed in this regard?
If someone opines, keeping in view the present scenario, that we have lot more things to do than to mend these websites, then what are IT departments for? Why they are funded with millions of rupees every year?