ISLAMABAD - Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday said that complete automation and computerisation of the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) was the need of hour to ensure transparency and promote fair circulation audit.

Chairing a high-level meeting here, she said that online working and submission of documents would not only discourage forgery but would also help in making the system more transparent and visible.

The Minister asked the officers to do what was right and make their sincere efforts to add value to the working of their respective departments.

She said that computerised system would enhance staff efficiency and assist in collecting information, maintaining huge records and storage of data.

That obviously was one of the ways of solving the problem of increased volume of activity as well as to provide authentic and accurate information, she added.

Marriyum also emphasised the need to digitalise ABC archives with the view to preserve the storage of complete data.

She said that transparency and fairness had been the top most priority of the PML-N government as not even a single case of any wrongdoing was surfaced in last three and a half years.

The Minister said that once the online system was in place, it would not only play a vital role in strengthening the values and norms of transparency, fairness and openness but would also prove benevolent for the media and media professionals.

She said that the democratic government believed in freedom of expression and the Ministry of Information would continue its efforts for the betterment of media industry and work with them for the achievement of free and responsible media.  The meeting was attended by senior officials of Information Ministry.