Review of the National Information Technology Council Act 2022

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A meeting of the Standing Senate Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications was held in Parliament under the chairmanship of Senator Kauda Babar. Initially, the National Information Technology Council Act 2022 approved by the National Assembly was revised.

Officials from the Ministry of Information Technology and NITB told the committee that the purpose of the bill was to make NITB an autonomous body so that the work of the institution could be accelerated and improved by removing barriers.

Officials said that as a subsidiary, NITB often faces financial delays, which hurts the growing sector, especially IT.

The committee meeting was attended by House Leader, Senator Dr. Shahzad Waseem, Senator Sana Jamali, Senator Shahadat Awan, Senator Zeeshan Khanzada, Senator Afnanullah Khan, Senator Palwasha Mohammad Zai Khan, Senator Seemee Ezdi, Senator Naseema Ehsan, Senator Rubina Khalid, Secretary of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Chairman of the PTA and officials of the NITB.

Senator Dr. Shahzad Waseem, House Leader in the Senate, asked what the effect of NITB’s autonomous status would be and how it would benefit the country.

In response to this, ministry officials said that NITB has successfully delivered quality IT services to the Government of Pakistan including e-office, NCOC application and others. He added that the NITB was also working on human resource development.

Ministry officials briefed the committee on Pakistani online freelancers and the issues they are facing. The committee meeting also discussed in detail the measures taken by the ministry for the processing of financial transactions / remittances of online freelancers in particular.

The chairman of the committee, Senator Kauda Babar told the committee members that freelancers in Pakistan generate millions of rupees in the country without any support from the government.

He added that young people from the lower and middle classes are associated with this sector. These young people can be the best source of valuable resources for the country with the support and encouragement of the government. Ministry officials said they were in constant contact with freelancers and other stakeholders.

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