Dr Umar Saif briefs CM on IT-based reforms in govt depts


LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar on Thursday made a surprise visit to the Arfa Karim Software Technology Park (AKSTP), where Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Dr Umar Saif briefed him on the IT-based reforms introduced in different departments of the Punjab government.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government would improve the organisational capacity of government departments by using the latest information and communication technologies.

“The scope of Arazi Centers will also be expanded to provide necessary relief to the people. Steps are being taken to enhance the scope of these centers while keeping in view public rush and PITB will have to take the lead in this regard,” CM Buzdar said.

He also said that a state-of-the-art chief minister’ complaint cell would be established through the technical support of PITB to immediately resolve the problems faced by the people and added that an effective campaign should be launched to aware the masses of the call centres set up for their facilitation.

The chief minister said that information technology was the key to progress which could create mammoth employment opportunities for the talented youth. “The government will encourage youth in the IT field so that they can explore their potential and excel in life.”

Later, CM Buzdar also visited the e-Khidmat Markaz and inspected the facilities being provided to the citizens there. He met with the visitors and inquired about their problems, who told the chief minister that an organised system was put in place to solve their issues and they had not faced any difficulties there.

The chief minister announced to expand the scope of establishment of the e-Khidmat Markaz and added that such centres should be established in every district so that people could be accommodated at their doorsteps. “Provision of best facilities is our agenda,” concluded the chief minister.