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LAHORE: On Tuesday, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar assessed Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB)’s performance, advancement on various programs and road map.

Chairing a conference, the chief minister said that promoting information and communication technologies in various industries would make citizens ‘ lives easier. The province of Punjab will be developed as an IT hub and every possible effort will be made to develop the IT sector on modern lines, he added.

He believed that the need for the hour was to adopt e-governance and e-service delivery. He directed that any government complaint filed by the Complaint Center of the Chief Minister (0800-02345) should be disposed of in good time.

The conference decided to build another IT park next to Arfa Software Technology Park and was planning to lay its foundation stone by the end of this year. It was also chosen to submit a computerized tourism promotion request. The request will contain all the required data on tourist locations in the province and other details.

Usman Buzdar said the individuals in 10 Khidmat Centers were being supplied with 31 facilities; and in perspective of their usefulness, it was decided to set up fresh Khidmat Centers in 27 districts.

He conveyed satisfaction that the complete amount of khidmat center facilities had now reached 43. Regional tech incubation centers under the Punjab Innovate Program will be developed in nine branches, he said.

The chief minister maintained the e-payment gateway programme would help the citizens pay their taxes and other dues online. He said the latest IT system had been installed in nine divisions to maintain direct liaison with the people, adding that this facility would help solve public problems. Along with it, a smart monitoring system has also been devised and planning, funding and implementation of development projects would be possible through it. The record of employees of 42 Punjab government departments is being digitised as well.

The chief minister was briefed that 47,000 complaints out of a total of 50,626 complaints lodged through CM Complaint Centre had been addressed. Provincial Minister Yasir Humayun, P&D chairman, PITB chairman, secretaries of higher education and finance departments attended the meeting.

SENIOR CITIZENS: Usman Buzdar has said the PTI government has started a special programme for the elderly citizens and a monthly allowance would be given to citizens of more than 65 years of age in the province.

A ‘Bahimat Buzurg programme’ is being started with an amount of Rs3 billion, he said in his message on the eve of World Senior Citizens Day. He said protection of rights of the elderly people was a collective responsibility of society as they were an asset to society.

Usman Buzdar said, “Looking after the elderly persons is a religious as well as moral obligation of all of us. Senior citizens enjoy special rights in modern societies.” He said that the protection of rights and taking care of the elderly citizens was a part of government priorities. “We should also reiterate the commitment that steps for the protection of rights of the elderly citizens would be continued,” he added. The purpose of celebrating the day is to educate the youths about the problems and needs of elderly persons. “As a nation, we should also acknowledge the services of senior citizens rendered for society and their families, the CM said.

CONDOLENCES: Usman Buzdar has expressed sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in a road accident near Sukheki. He extended sympathies to the bereaved families and directed the administration to provide best health facilities to the injured.

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