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October 26, 2017

During the past five years the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has successfully digitalized 270 projects related to law & order, health, education, judiciary, agriculture, economy, public services, jails, tax collection, land record, live stocks, syllabus books, electronic stamp papers, automation of Hajj, eRozgaar, video conferencing and other daily services. Dr. Umar Saif founding Vice Chancellor Information Technology University (ITU), Chairman PITB and Advisor to CM said while launching the book, “Digital Punjab”, attended by large number of media persons here today.

He said that the smart applications through technology was helping in eradication of corruption in various departments and providing relief to the people through transparent process. So far 1300 video conferences among authorities have saved a huge amount under TA/DA head of account, he informed.

Dr. Umar Saif further said that the data of all schools in the province of the Punjab has been put online, enabling to collect 600,000 real time geo tag reports through tablets provided to the inspectors, which was helping to ensure maximum attendance of teachers, students and staff, improving school conditions and also bringing betterment in teaching process.

Referring to the automation of judiciary, he briefed that since April 2017 to date 100,000 cases have been registered in the Lahore High Court and among these 50,000 have been disposed of. Five to seven thousand dumped cases have also been activated, data of 91,000 cases and 16000 advocates have been digitalized who have downloaded the judicial app and now no one could get fix the date of his choice. The data of Anti-corruption Department of Punjab has been linked with the HR in S & GAD to make the promotions and transfer process transparent.

Biometric attendance system in 183 hospitals for Primary Secondary Health has been linked with PITB, which has improved the attendance of the doctors and para medical staff from 53 % to 87 % in one year. Under medicine inventory management system, demand, quality purchase and inventory of medicines worth Rs. 6.5 billion have been regulated through transparent process.

Dr. Saif added that all the 711 police stations across the Punjab province have been computerized, which have so far registered 14,96,137 complaints, 10,20,000 FIRs and preserved 451,335 criminals record, CRI matched 15,100 while crime scene finger prints matched 205. Through Biometric devices among 29,43,007 requests 20,35,427 were successfully matched. Through Hotel Eye, 19,17,211 check in traced 7,789 criminal record holders while 221 criminals were arrested.

In the agriculture sector Rs. 125 billion direct subsidy for fertilizer was transmitted to the farmers through smartphones during the past 11 months while land record of 5 crore 70 lakh owners in 25000 areas of the province has been computerized.

He stated that a significant increase of 40 % in revenue collection through the sale of eStamp papers from Rs. 30 billion to Rs. 45 billion in 11 months by replacing 170 years old act was a major success, which has reduced the time from 3 days to 30 minutes, assessing proper value and eliminating the chances of fraud forgery or financial pilferage. RIMS was helping significantly in tax collection. Systems have also been devised for online registration of businesses and recruitments through Job portal.

Dr. Saif informed 17000 video lectures were being recorded while under eLearn project books of class 6 to 12 were being digitalized. Replying to a question, he said state of the art arrangements have been ensured for cyber security and a team of Information Technology University experts have been assigned to analysis the expected cyber threats. Under citizen feedback system 9.5 crore complaints were registered and action was taken against 19000. A pilot project for automation of jails in Punjab has been initiated at Central Jail, Lahore while soon for verification of domestic servants at doorstep by police will be introduced.