The government has released Rs 990.420 million for Information Technology and Telecom Division out of Rs 1.45 billion budgeted allocation under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the current fiscal year 2018-19 so far. The Rs 990.420 million include Rs 344.505 million foreign aid and Rs 645.915 million local components for Information Technology and Telecom Division, revealed official documents.
Border Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) System
The government has released Rs 53.348 million for the Construction of Cross – Border Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) System between China and Pakistan for International Connectivity of Voice / Data Traffic, Rs 30 million for Enhancing IT Exports through Industry Support programs.
Technical Training Institute (STTI), Awareness, Expansion And Upgradation:
They released Rs 35 million for establishment of SCO Technical Training Institute (STTI) at Gilgit in Gilgit Baltistan, Rs 140 million for Expansion and Upgradation of NGMS (3G/4G) Services and Seamless Coverage along KKH (in Support of CPEC) in Gilgit Baltistan, Rs 308.459 million for replacement of GSM Network of AJ&K, Rs 6.44 million for site development and construction of boundary wall at PSEB’s site for establishment of IT Park at Chak Shahzad, Islamabad, Rs 72.668 million for Technology Park Development Project (TDP) at Islamabad (Phase-I).
No amount has been released for Replication of E-Office (Basic Common Applications) at 45 Divisions of Federal Government so far. The foreign component released so far is around Rs 344.505 million.
The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication had proposed Rs 9.787 billion against 15 development projects for the financial year 2018-19 including 6 ongoing projects and 9 new projects.
The Senate Standing committee had approved Rs 9.787 billion budgetary proposals under the PSDP for the fiscal year 2018-19 against Rs 1.538 billion earmarked for the financial year 2017-18.
Comparative To The Previous Government
However, the previous government allocated Rs 6.535 billion for Information and Communication Technology under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for 2018-19. With the cut by the incumbent government on PSDP, the budget allocation has reduced to Rs 1.45 billion for IT &T for the current fiscal year.