Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication in its meeting was told that a total of 23 schemes are proposed in Public Sector Development Programme projects (PSDP) by the Ministry out of which 8 are ongoing schemes and 15 are new schemes. A total demand of 16475 million has been made against these schemes with 9814 million for new schemes and 6661 million for ongoing schemes. The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Senator Rubina Khalid here at the Parliament House on Tuesday and was attended among others by Senators Rukhsana Zuberi, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Abdul Rehman Malik, Fida Muhammad, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Sana Jamali, Kalsoom Parveen, Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Secretary Information Technology and Telecommunication, CEO USF, Member Enforcement PTA, and officials from the ministry.
The Committee was told that the flagship project of the ministry is ensuring e-offices in the government departments and so far 27 out of 45 ministries have reached level 2 of the e-office setup and 15 are in process. The project will also include automation of record in not just executive but Parliament as well. The members of the Committee unanimously agreed upon recommending to all Senate Standing Committees to take compliance status of their respective ministries on e-offices.
The Committee was also told that, on the advice of the Committee, the matter of release of payment to pensioners of Telephone Industries of Pakistan (TIP) was taken up by the Board and has approved the payment. Arrears will be paid by June and the deficit will be reappropriated from other heads of budget. The Committee took strong notice of lack of proper telecommunication services by telecomm companies in Malakand Division and asked PTA and USF to ensure that franchises are allowed there only when the services are provided and to take strong action against the companies who are not providing the services.