ISLAMABAD-Ministry of Information and Telecom has proposed a sum of Rs 567.546 million to be allocated under the head of Public Sector Development Programs for its 19 projects in the coming budget for the fiscal year 2014-15.

Ministry has added 2 new projects in the PSDP and there are 17 projects it is already working on. The 2 new projects proposed by the ministry are Construction of Cross-Border Optical Fiber Cable System between China and Pakistan and E-Governance. MoIT has proposed to allocate Rs 20 million and Rs 100 million for the aforementioned projects respectively.

The total cost of both new projects is calculated as Rs 4.4 billion and Rs 1 billion respectively. As per the approval status of the new projects, E-Governance yet fall in the category of un-approved project but the ministry is vigorously working on the project. Among the old projects it has proposed to allocate Rs 30 million for the project of Land Revenue Records Management System in Rural Areas of Islamabad, Rs 50 million for Laying of Optical Fiber Cable to connect remote areas of Gilgit Baltistan.

The ministry has proposed Rs 30m for the project of Provision of GSM facilities in Neelum District of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Rs 35 million for Interconnect Billing and Customer Support System for SCO, AJ&K and Gilgit Baltistan. Moreover it has proposed to allocate Rs 12 million for the computerisation of Prime Minister Secretariat and Rs 10 million for E-Enablement of FIA, Islamabad. Rs 31 million have already been spent on the computerisation of PM Secretariat.