Digitalisation of 90pc public services this year: Palak

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 23:54, Jan 16,2021


State minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Saturday said that the strong ICT infrastructure built during last 12 years had made it possible to continue office work, business, education and health activities during COVID-19 situation.

Reiterating the government’s plan to ensure access to internet for all, he said digitalisation of 90 per cent of the public services would be completed this year.

‘People will not have to go from door to door for services, rather services will be made available at the  hands of the people,’ Palak also said while addressing a press conference to mark 12 years of implementation of Digital Bangladesh at BCC auditorium of Agargaon ICT Tower.

Senior secretary of ICT Division N M Zeaul Alam, managing director of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority Hosne Ara Begum, project director of A2I Programme Abdul Mannan also spoken at the function moderated by LICT Project policy adviser Sami Ahmed.

The state minister said that the government developed different digital platforms including corona portal, COVID-19 tracer, COVID-19 tracker, food for nation, health for nation to face corona.

The state minister said that as part of its plan to digitise 2800 public services, the government had made available over 600 services online and more 1152 services are under process of digitisation.

‘The government has already introduced e-office aiming to reduce use of paper and pen and bring dynamism in office works,’ he said, adding that more than 90,000 government officials of 8000 offices were using e-nothi and so far settled 10.43 million file using e-nothi system.

The state minister said that a total of 6790 digital centres set up across the country had provided 540.85 million services to the citizens.

‘The government is going to set up 39 hi-tech/IT parks which would be the life line of digital economy,’ he said, adding that business operation had started in the already-built 5 hi-tech/IT parks.

Unveiling the plan to develop IT skilled human resources the state minister said the government had set up Sheikh Russel Digital Lab in 7728 educational institutions to acquire knowledge about IT. More 5000 such labs and 300 schools will be established soon in future, he said.

Palak said the government had developed 15 lakh skilled human resources through providing training during the last 12 years and now training is going on frontier technologies including blockchain, robotics, AI, AR, VR, Cloud Computing, 3D printing to use potentials of fourth industrial revolution. The number of employment would be 20 lakh in the ICT sector by this year, he added.

‘We are working to develop startup and innovation culture and providing co-working space for the startup. Besides, innovation hub is being built in 138 universities,’ he added.

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