President calls for expediting digitization of parliament for timely legislation

Zubair Qureshi

President Dr Arif Alvi has called for expediting the process of digitization of the Parliament enabling it to handle the legislative business efficiently.

The president stated this while chairing a meeting on President’s Initiative for Cyber-Efficient Parliament, at Parliament House.

Chairman Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, Mr Asad Qaiser, MNA, Mr Sher Ali Arbab, Secretary National Assembly Secretariat, Tahir Hussain, Secretary Ministry of IT and Telecommunication, Dr Sohail Rajput, and Secretary Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Mr Hamed Yaqoob Sheikh, attended the meeting.

The president said the automation of the Parliament would enhance the performance of both the Houses, besides helping in prompt and quick decision making.

He emphasized that the Government was taking measures to digitally empower various ministries/divisions aiming to enhance accountability and transparency as well as improve service delivery.

The meeting was apprised about the progress on the digitization of the Parliament. It was informed that the PC-I of the project had been submitted to the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives.

The meeting also constituted a steering committee to oversee the technicalities involved in the project and facilitate the digitization of the Parliament.

Addressing the meeting, the president underlined that the country could not afford delay in the automation of the Parliament and he asked all the relevant stakeholders to complete the project before its given timeline i.e., January 2023.

He said that it was imperative to adopt the latest information and communication tools so as to meet the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

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