KPK Cabinet Approves Information & Communication Technology Policy

KPK Cabinet Approves Information & Communication Technology Policy

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet on Thursday approved the information and communication technology policy and said it would invest Rs7 billion in five different sectors during the next three years.

In a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, the cabinet also granted approval to the information and communication policy and master plan. The main objectives of the master plan are to bring transparency in the official businesses and improvement in provision of social services, and build capacity of departments.

Briefing media after the meeting, information minister Mushtaq Ghani said the province would enter the era of e-governance after implementation of the new ICT policy and that capacity of the government machinery would also be enhanced.

The minister said the ICT policy would focus on five sections, including good governance, improvement in provision of social services, business, ICT related literacy, research and development.

He further said:

[pull_quote_center]Rs950 million will be invested to improve civic services, Rs2 billion to improve trade, Rs1.6 billion in IT literacy and Rs450 million in research and development.[/pull_quote_center]

The minister said the cabinet had reservations over slow process of recruitment by the provincial public service commission.

He said the commission was unable to expedite recruitment process and therefore, thousands of positions had been lying vacant.

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