Punjab enters new era of digital world, says CM

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Says opp’s unethical attitude during joint sessions highly deplorable

Staff Reporter

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday claimed that the Punjab government leads in providing facilities to the people as more than 20-services are being provided to citizens with a one-click option.

“Rs40 billion dues have been collected through e-payment system as more than 5.5 million citizens benefited from the e-payment facility.”

The chief minister said that with the use of latest technology, people are being facilitated at their doorsteps and time-saving factors have ensured easy payment of taxes.

The CM said the taxes of the Excise & Taxation department including token tax, property tax, cotton fees, e-auction and motor registration and transfer fees could be paid through e-payments.

Likewise, sales tax of Punjab Revenue Authority and payment of Punjab Infrastructure Development Cess has also been made possible through e-payment, he noted.

The CM said the payment of traffic challans in Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Gujranwala could also be made through e-payment while the Board of Revenue’s e-stamping and Fard fees can be paid through e-payment.

The e-payment facilities have been provided in the industries department for business registration and school education for the registration of private schools, he added.

The CM said the route permit and vehicle fitness certificates in the transport department could also be obtained through the e-payment system.

Furthermore, the irrigation department has started an electronic water charges system in Khanewal, Layyah, Kasur and Sheikhupura in the first phase, he stated.

Moreover, the workers’ participation fund of the Labour and Human Resource Department and route permits under Lahore Transport Company could be obtained through the e-payment system.

Usman Buzdar said the use of the latest technology is being promoted for easing the lives of the people.

The province has entered into a new era of digital development and public service delivery, he continued. The ease of doing business and the creation of employment opportunities are the topmost priorities of the government.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said President Dr Arif Alvi’s address to the joint session of the parliament manifested national unity and solidarity.

The CM stated that the President of Pakistan represented the aspirations of the people. The opposition parties have shown their routine non-parliamentary and undemocratic behaviour, he regretted.

The opposition demonstrated its moral bankruptcy by creating ruckus during the address, he maintained.

Usman Buzdar said the inept opposition tried point scoring on the important occasion of the joint session of the parliament.

The unethical attitude of the opposition depicts its irresponsible behaviour which is highly deplorable, he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that democracy guarantees human rights and it is also essential to uphold the principles of equality.

He said democracy ensures equal participation of the people and its continuity is imperative for the socio-economic growth of the society.

The PTI resolves to strengthen democratic institutions and values, he said. India, the so-called claimant of democracy, is, actually, the biggest violator of democratic norms and values, he regretted.

The Hindu supremacist Modi regime has tarnished the image of democracy in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOK) by depriving the people of their right of self-determination, which is their due democratic right.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the death of senior journalist and novelist Tariq Ismail Sagar.

In a condolence message, the CM extended heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed that may Almighty Allah give the departed soul eternal peace and grant courage to the heirs to bear the loss with equanimity.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the death of former MPA Dr Faiza Ashgar.

In a condolence message, the CM extended heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed that may Almighty Allah give the departed soul eternal peace and grant courage to the heirs to bear the loss with equanimity.

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