'New IT project to create 100,000 jobs' -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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‘New IT project to create 100,000 jobs’

KARACHI: Information Technology Minister Raza Haroon has informed the Sindh Assembly that the government will establish a project – internet media city – on the Superhighway and after completion the project is expected to create some 100,000 new jobs.

He said that 200 acres had been acquired for the project and the media city would be established on the pattern of the media cities in Dubai and Manchester.

He said this while responding to the written and supplementary questions of the members of the Sindh Assembly on Saturday.

The minister said that the mega project of the media city was introduced in 2005 while tenders for the project were released in April 2010.

He said the IT department owned the land which was so far not allotted to any private investor. A proper procedure would be adopted for the allotment of the land to foreign and local IT companies, he added.

In reply to a question, he said that the project of E-policing system was under way with the cost of Rs940 million in the province.

He said that Rs400 million had been spent on the project so far while 157 contractual employees were recruited on a merit basis.

He informed the house that the government employees would be issued biometric identification cards under the Biometric Identification Electronic System (BIES) scheme, costing Rs100 million, to keep a record of employees’ attendance.

In the first phase, information about approximately 10,000 civil servants would be fed into the system, he added.

He said the websites of 21 departments of the Sindh government had been made while 6,962 youths were given a four-month IT training under the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Youth Development Programme.

The trainees had been given a monthly stipend of between Rs5,000 and Rs7,000 during the training period, he said.
Source: Dawn