Govt Cuts IT Development Budget for 2020-2021

The government has slashed the development budget for Information Technology and Telecom Division and has allocated Rs. 6.672 billion for it in the budget for 2020-21 compared to Rs. 7.34 billion in 2019-20 under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).

According to budget documents, the government has allocated Rs. 6.672 billion under the PSDP 2020-21 including Rs. 1.25 billion foreign aid and Rs. 5.42 billion local components.

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The government has allocated Rs. 4.78 billion for 13 ongoing and Rs. 1.892 billion 15 new development schemes of Information Technology and Telecom Division.

According to the document,

  • For ongoing schemes a sum of Rs. 535 million for expansion of Broadband Services through MSAN Technology and Upgradation of IP Core & Access Network in AJ&K and GB,
  • Rs. 750 million for expansion of Cellular Services in AJ&K and GB Phase-III,
  • Rs. 709 million for expansion and Upgradation of NGMS (3G/4G) Services and Seamless Coverage along KKH (in support of CPEC) in GB,
  • Rs. 230 million for E-Office Replication at all Divisions of the Federal Government (Revised),
  • Rs. 90 million for Crime Analytics & Smart Policing in Pakistan,
  • Rs. 150 million for National Expansion Plan of NIC’s All over Pakistan,
  • Rs. 1747.480 million for Technology Parks Development Project (TDP) at Islamabad (Phase-I) (EDCF Loan Exim Bank Korea)
  • Rs. 70 million for Project Monitoring and Digital Transformation Cell.

Among the new projects, the government has allocated:

  • Rs. 300 million for Blended Virtual Education,
  • Rs. 50 million for construction of SCO Education and Accommodation Complex for Employees Families at Rawalpindi (Phase-I),
  • Rs. 200 million for expansion of Broadband Services in Cities / Towns of AJ&K and GB,
  • Rs. 235 million for implementation of PECA, 2016 and S.R.O 904(I)/2017 for DIRBS AJ&K and GB,
  • Rs. 250 million for Protection and Upgradation of Pak-China Phase-I OFC Project for Establishment of Cross Border Connectivity Project,
  • Rs. 200 million for Upgradation of Existing TDM Based Backhaul microwave with IP Based Backhaul Microwave network in AJ&K and GB
  • Rs. 250 million for up-gradation of Transmission Network and Replacement of Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) in AJ&K and GB.


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