Lahore : Gilgit Baltistan (GB) government will replicate Punjab’s Safe City, e-Vaccination and police projects to eradicate Polio, terrorism and crime. It was stated by the Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur- Rehman during his visit to the Punjab IT Board (PITB).
The Chairman PITB Dr. Umar Saif who is also Vice Chancellor of IT University Lahore, briefed him on the diverse ICT interventions initiated in Punjab. CM Gilgit Baltistan was acquainted with ICT interventions in the fields of education, health, law & order, e-governance and citizen facilitation services.
The meeting was followed by media conference in which he thanked PITB and Government of the Punjab for extending generous support towards Gilgit Baltistan. He said “The modern technology has brought change in almost every sector of the Punjab Government and we hope that they will equally be helpful in GB. We want to make GB free from Polio, crime, disease, illiteracy and terrorism and looking forward towards the Punjab Government to assist us through flagship projects of PITB.
The GB government is already working in collaboration with the Punjab Govt in many fields. I am highly inspired by the CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and seek guidance from him to make GB more efficient. The work in done by Punjab Govt in e-Governance is remarkable for that other provinces are benefiting from it.”
The CM GB criticised former federal government on spending huge money on a futile safe city project in Islamabad while lauded Punjab Govt. on completing the same program with more CCTVs at less cost. Expressing keen interest in setting up IT infrastructure in the province with the help of PITB, CM Gilgit Baltistan appreciated CM Punjab for his dedication towards building a progressive nation.
Earlier, during a detailed presentation, Dr Umar Saif said “ We are already assisting federal, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and AJK government in adopting ICT interventions. Recently CM Sindh and Prime Minister AJK visited PITB in this connection.
The Sindh Govt. has replicated our police interventions while Sri Lankan head of Export Development Board also expressed interest to benefit from PITB’s programs. We are directed by the Punjab CM to assist all other provinces in the best interest of the public.”
Dr. Saif presented CM Gilgit Baltistan with souvenir of gratitude and assured him of PITB’s every support.
Among the eminent attendees were DG IT Operations Faisal Yousaf, DG IT Rizwan Rashid, DG e-Governance Sajid Latif, DG IT Solutions Waqar Naeem Qureshi, Director Citizen Facilitation Services Muhammad Waseem Bhatti and Director Software Engineering Adil Iqbal Khan.