LAHORE: The digitisation of the Punjab government departments and projects are at pace and so far 270 projects have been completed in five years that lures plenty of billions revenue generation for provincial government.

Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Dr Umar Saif said that while talking to news briefing at the launch of report titled ‘Punjab Information Technology Board 2012 to 2017: Interventions and Impact’. The report is a compilation of cross sectoral initiatives by PITB to modernise governance processes since its restructuring in 2011.

These projects are related to law & order, health, education, judiciary, agriculture, economy, public services, jails, tax collection, land record, live stocks, syllabus books, electronic stamp papers, automation of Hajj, eRozgaar, video conferencing and other daily services.

He said in the agriculture sector Rs 125 billion direct subsidy for fertilizer was transmitted to the farmers through smartphones during the past 11 months while land record. “We are committed to minimize the role of the middle man that bags maximum profit and reduced the role of those farmers and growers who owned small portion of land or even work on other’s land. We are going to tab those small farmers with the help of technology.

According to land ownership data in report there are 5.70 million land owners in rural areas of Punjab. “Out of 25 thousands mouza jaat (land revenue states) record of around 24 thousands are digitised.

PITB with the help of technology be able to know the health of crops on which farmers need loan with the help of multi spectrum system and this will ultimately lead to insurance of food security,” he said.

He said Punjab stamp paper which had been implemented according to 1889 Stamp Act a 170 years old law was recently amended and now the dealing of property goes online. “The buying and selling of property with the help of e-stamp is process on which state could witness and intervene in time of dispute,” Dr Saif said. 

Pakistan civil suits property Rs 30 billion collections in 2016 and there is 13 percent increase in 2017. Since April 2017 to date 100,000 cases have been registered in the Lahore High Court and among these 50,000 have been disposed of.

The data of anti-corruption Department of Punjab has been linked with the HR in S & GAD to make the promotions and transfer process transparent.

There are 1.5 million cases pending in civil courts due to fake stamps of property records.

The report stated that e-khidmat centers that were established adjacent to DC offices in Rawalpindi, Sahiwal, Gujranwala and Lahore are providing birth certificate and death certificate and other essential, domiciles documents under one roof.

“We are planning to open e-khidmat centers in divisional headquarters and then in span of 10 month we will open it up at tehsil level,” Dr Saif said.

PITB has also venture with the Federal Bureau of Revenue, Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and other federal and provincial departments that have authority to give a go ahead to start a business. “First centre will start operational ion Kot LakhPath which automated business startups process under one roof with the help of technology,” Dr Saif said.

According to report, out of 53000 primary schools 47000 are being tapped in Punjab and it claimed there is no ghost school in Punjab.

With e-learn Punjab program there are 30 lecturers who have made 17000 educational videos for the students. PITB has given tablets to 300 mathematics and science teachers of grade sixth to grade eight and PITB is in the process to buy the equipment for the rest of the others.

Dr Saif claimed that PITB has the most secured online system and even it foiled the crypto locker cyber attack that which even disrupted the healthcare system of United Kingdom.

According to report, the PTIB along with Citizen Feedback project around 95 million citizens received feedback calls subsequently Punjab Government under PEDA Act initiated 19 thousand inquires.

1300 video conferences among authorities have saved a huge amount under TA/DA head of account, according to report.

According to Digital Punjab report 711 police stations across the Punjab province have been computerized, which have so far registered 14,96,137 complaints, 10,20,000 FIRs and preserved 451,335 criminals record, CRI matched 15,100.

Through Hotel Eye 1,917,211 check in traced 7,789 criminal record holders while 221 criminals were arrested.