300 cities to have Internet facility by end of this month
KARACHI- The Government will develop and introduce Sindhi Code Plate and Sindhi Database Translator. The decision was taken Sunday it a high-level meeting at the Governor House.
Governor Soomro said his government was taking measures on Friday for promotion of Information Technology and E-commerce. He hoped that these measures would greatly help in streamlining the volumes revenue records in Sindhi language, police and judicial systems. He said that efforts were being made to carry the fruits of Information Technology to all parts of the province and the people. Every one associated with this field would be provided with just opportunities for progress.
Federal Minister Dr. Attur Rehman said that the Center would provide all possible assistance and help to the provincial government in the IT sector. He called upon the provincial government to formulate its priority programmes in this respect.
He informed the meeting the internet facilities were available to 20Ocities and towns in the country which would reach 300 mark by the end of October. He stressed the need for development and training of Human Resources side by side the buildings and infrastructure.
He further said that a number of schemes have been prepared for the training of government employees. He said Internet facilities were also being provided at post offices, railway stations and gas stations.
The meeting was told that under the National IT policy, an IT university would be established in Sindh. The Sindh Finance Minister, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, briefed the meeting about aims andl objectives of Sindh IT Board and its update performance. He admitted that Sindh province relatively remained behind in the IT sector but a rightful position will be attained through coordinated and sustained efforts.
The Federal Minister informed the meeting that international contacts are being increased in this regard and agreements will be concluded with Japan, Europe an countries and Singapore in this respect. He said that besides reduction in internet rates, the custom dirty on computer parts has been brought to zero level and duty on remaining two parts including RAM will also be withdrawn.
It was also decided that IT training programmes of different durations would be made effective whereas long-term programmes at university level would be made meaningful. The meeting took a number of decisions for promotion of IT sector in Sindh province whereby necessary infrastructure would be raised up to the district level. In the first phase the Internet connectivity would be taken to the level of district headquarters and later expanded to all interior areas of the province.
Source: The Nation