Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication has been told that a total of 23 schemes are proposed in Public Sector Development Programme projects (PSDP) by the Ministry out of which 8 are ongoing schemes and 15 are new schemes.
A total demand of Rs. 16,475 million has been made against these schemes with Rs. 9.814 million for new schemes and Rs. 6,661 million for the ongoing schemes.
The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Senator Rubina Khalid at the Parliament House on Tuesday and was attended among others by Senators Rukhsana Zuberi, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Abdul Rehman Malik, Fida Muhammad, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Sana Jamali, Kalsoom Parveen, Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Secretary Information Technology and Telecommunication, CEO USF, Member Enforcement PTA, and officials from the ministry.
The committee was told that the flagship project of the ministry is ensuring e-offices in the government departments and so far 27 out of 45 ministries have reached level 2 of the e-office setup and 15 are in process. The project will also include automation of records Parliament as well.
The members of the committee unanimously agreed to recommend all Senate Standing Committees to take compliance feedback of their respective ministries on e-offices.
The committee was also told, on the advice of the Committee, about the matter of release of payment to pensioners of Telephone Industries of Pakistan (TIP) and that it was taken up by the Board and has approved the payment. Arrears will be paid by June and the deficit will be reappropriated from other heads of the budget.
The committee took strong notice of lack of proper telecommunication services by telecom companies in Malakand Division and asked PTA and USF to ensure that franchises are allowed there only when the services are provided and to take strong action against the companies who are not providing the services.