Rs2b for IT projects

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From International Desk - Special Reports

LAHORE (APP) - The provincial government is spending an amount of Rs2 billion on the IT sector during current fiscal year 2011-12 to make Punjab a hub of information technology.

The amount will be utilized for completion of 13 development schemes including eight ongoing schemes and five new projects. The ongoing schemes will be accomplished at Rs1316 million and Rs683 million would be spent for new programmes, official sources told APP on Tuesday. They maintained that a state-of-the-art 17-storey Lahore Technology Park will be set up besides developing an IT infrastructure and database centre to connect government departments and districts for e-governance with each other through a common gateway. Incubator centres for IT firms to provide training is also on the cards. Another programme for manpower development for latest tools and technologies and IT awareness will also be launched during the year.

Replication of motor transport management information system and master vehicle registration system in all districts of the province will also start.

Other schemes to be completed during 2011-12 include integration of projects with centralised data centre, computerisation of counter terrorism department and implementation of land record management information system.

Completion of these schemes, sources said, will help enhance foreign and domestic investment in the IT sector through collaboration with noted IT firms like Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and Intel.

Courtesy: Nation

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