LAHORE - The Punjab government has decided to create the posts of District Information Technology Managers, Tehsil Information Technology Officers, and Information Technology Managers at departmental level in the province.

Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has accorded approval in this regard and constituted a special committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmad Khawaja to chalk out the job description of all the IT Managers to be appointed at district, tehsil and departmental levels.

The members of the committee met here in the Civil Secretariat Lahore under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmad Khawaja yesterday.

The meeting decided that the departmental IT Managers will provide technical assistance to their respective department in order to improve Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), will help implement the ICT initiatives and other projects related to information technology.

The Districts IT Managers will ensure quality and sustainable functionality along with timely delivery of data reports outcomes for the relevant District Coordination Officers which would improve the public service delivery.

A Director E-Governance & IT will replace the Deputy Secretary (IT) in the Provincial Finance Department while the Departmental IT Managers shall be subordinate to their respective departments. They will perform their duties under direct supervision and control of heads of the concerned department. Departmental, District and Tehsil IT Officers will perform their duties for all operational purposes to institutionalise the IT Human Resource under PITB at all levels.

The special committee has suggested that these IT Managers should be given market based salaries and service rules. These officers to be recruited for new posts will oversee trouble shooting, archiving, system’s backups and disaster recovery. They will supervise internal and external IT Audits while preparation of audit reports, regular maintenance of IT equipments and ensuring data entry and analysis of the system by assisting in inventory management.

The ACS Punjab expressed the hope that this significant initiative of CM Shehbaz Sharif will ensure better liaison through smooth implementation of IT systems at the provincial, district and tehsil level. PITB Chairman Dr Omer Saif, Regulations Secretary Dr Saleh Tahir, I&C Secretary Farasat Iqbal, Local Government & Community Development Secretary Muhammad Aslam Kamboh and DG E-Governance Sajid Latif attended the meeting besides other senior officers of the related departments.