LAHORE - Digitalisation of Punjab government departments and projects is in progress and so far this process has been completed at 270 projects.

Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Dr Umar Saif launched a report titled ‘Punjab Information Technology Board 2012 to 2017: Interventions and Impact’ here on Friday. 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 and 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 Rs125 billion direct subsidy for fertilizer was transferred to farmers through smart phones during the 11 months. “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 portions of land or even work on others’ land. We are going to tag those small farmers with the help of technology. According to land ownership data there are 5.70 million land owners in rural areas of Punjab. “Out of 25,000 mouza jaat (land revenue states) record of around 24,000 has been digitalised. 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.

PHF to be mordernised

Board of Directors has approved the restructuring of Punjab Health Foundation (PHF) on the modern lines. Decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Kh Salman Rafiq on Friday. Secretary SH&ME Najam Ahmed Shah, Additional Secretary Raja Mansoor, newly appointed Managing Director PHF Ajmal Bhatti, officers from Finance, Social Welfare, Population Welfare, P&D and PITB attended the meeting. Najam Ahmed Shah proposed inclusion of new members in the BoD.

BoD constituted four different committees for restructuring of PHF. Prof Eas Muhammad would be the head of HR Committee while a senior officer from Specialized Healthcare and MD PHF would be the members. Moreover, Secretary SH&ME will be the chairman of the procurement and finance committee. MD PHF, one officer from Finance, Population Welfare department would be members. New initiatives committee would also be headed by Secretary SH&ME. Other members of the committee would be from P&D Department, Social Welfare and PITB. Audit committee would be headed by Prof Eas Muhammad. One officer each from Finance and Social Welfare, representative of Chief Secretary would be members.