IT ministry asks cabinet to issue executive order for running NITB affairs

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information and Technology has asked the federal cabinet to issue an executive order for running the affairs of the National information and Technology board (NITB).

Sources said that the federal cabinet will take up the agenda with to resolve NITB’s issues on Tuesday in this regard.

It may be mentioned here that The NITB has already been declared an autonomous body by the Cabinet. However, the NITB Ordinance lapsed on April 19 this year whereas the bill is pending for legislation.

In the interim period, legal cover for NITB’s continuation as an autonomous body with an independent board is required through an executive order.

The NITB is providing e-governance services to all federal government divisions and departments. These include government to government services, government to business services, government to citizen services, and government to employees services.

In addition to this, the NITB is also responsible for developing standards for ICT services, cyber security, ICT procurement, IT capacity building of federal government employees, building collaborative platforms and also the provision of consultancy services to federal government divisions on governance.

The IT Ministry has also requested the federal cabinet for an additional budget of Rs689 million for 19 new positions and other expenses of the department.

NITB has claimed that it is providing an e-office portal to 40 government departments besides the Islamabad City App with 42 citizen services, emergency services to NCOC & NDMA, Yaran-e-Watan, National Job Portal, Women Empowerment (Baytee) and e-policing are also the major achievements of NITB so far.

Sources said that the future plans of NITB includes Islamabad City App with more services to be added, e-policing, digitisation of cabinet processes, portal for children with special needs, task tracking and monitoring system, government app and hospital information management system and this would be implemented within three to six months.

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