PM asks Umar to streamline, facilitate IT experts
ISLAMABAD – Keeping in view the problems being faced by young entrepreneurs in Information Technology sector, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday asked Finance Minister Asad Umar to devise a mechanism to streamline and facilitate the IT experts.
Khan chaired a briefing on Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication at Prime Minister’s Office. The briefing was attended by Minister for Finance Asad Umar, Minister for IT and Telecom Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Law Minister Dr Farogh Naseem, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider, Advisor to PM Dr Ishrat Hussain, Secretary IT Maroof Afzal, Secretary Privatisation Rizwan Malik and senior officers.
The PM was briefed about mandate of the Ministry, role of various attached departments and organisations, the existing outlook of IT and telecom sector in the country and its contribution along with ways and means to capitalise the huge potential existing in the IT sector. The
Secretary IT also highlighted various milestones achieved by the Ministry since its inception.
Discussing the issues faced by young entrepreneurs in the IT sector, the Prime Minister directed Finance Minister for devising a mechanism to streamline and facilitate IT experts in payments for their expertise.
On E-governance and introducing paperless culture in offices, Khan expressed serious concern over negligible progress in important ministries towards employing E-solutions for conducting official business.
In this context, the Prime Minister said that he would soon chair a meeting of Digitisation Transformation Committee which could never take place since formation of the committee. Taking ownership of the e-office initiative, he said that the Prime Minister’s Office would take the lead towards e-office to be followed by all the ministries. The Prime Minister also tasked Dr Ishrat Hussain to formulate a comprehensive road map with delineated timelines to ensure transformation towards paperless culture in all ministries and departments of the federal government.
Discussing issues related to telecom sector and license renewals, it was decided that a body will be constituted in consultation with Minister for Finance and Minister for IT. Minister Finance will chair the Committee.
Meanwhile, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at the PM Office on Thursday. Professional matters pertaining to the Armed Forces were discussed during the meeting.
GEN ZUBAIR CALLS ON PM
Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman General Zubair Mahmood Hayat Thursday called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here at the PM Office. Professional matters pertaining to armed forces were discussed during the meeting, a statement issued by PM Media Office here said.