LAHORE: Punjab planning to switch to E-governance by January-09

* Govt working on software that will allow people to register FIRs with police electronically


The Punjab government is planning to switch to E-governance by January 2010 with a plan to enable all 36 districts of the province to update vital data on a daily basis.

The switch to electronic monitoring would enable the chief minister to analyse developments in each district promptly, Punjab government’s Task Force on IT Chairman Nadeem Haq told members of the Lahore Economic Journalist Association on Wednesday.

Haq said IT executive district officers (EDOs) had been appointed in all districts who would incorporate all official information in a centralised database in Lahore. He said EDOs of all other departments would pass on departmental data to the IT EDOs daily for passing on the latest information to concerned ministers, officials and the chief minister.

Haq said the chief minister would have complete access to the information, while ministers would be able to retrieve the information on various departments in accordance with their jurisdiction. He said deputy commissioners would be able to access their district’s information at al times, adding that a multiple-tier monitoring system would be in place to ensure the system was run efficiently. He said the shift to E-governance did not entail computerisation and automation only. “It is the art of gathering information from all administrative units of the province that would be changed.”

FIR: Haq said the Punjab government was also working on software that would allow citizens to lodge a first information report with the police electronically.

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