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Punjab Cabinet Greenlights Digital System for Government Departments

Mohsin Naqvi, the interim Chief Minister (CM), presided over the 15th Provincial Cabinet meeting on Friday at the CM Office. During the meeting, the cabinet took an important step towards e-governance by deciding to phase out the traditional file system in all government departments and replace it with an e-filing paperless system by May 15. This will save billions of rupees, according to projections.

Furthermore, the cabinet recognised the Secretary of Implementation, the Chairman of the Planning and Development Board, and the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board for their efforts in implementing the paperless system in their respective ministries.

In addition, the cabinet has resolved to grant laptops to students in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, with preference given to deserving students. It also provided financial assistance of Rs. 1.5 million per head to relatives of Ichhra residents who died after a car drove into the Neelum River.

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Special Education Department and the “Tare Zameen Per” NGO Trust was also accorded provisional approval. The Cabinet Standing Committee on Legal Affairs will evaluate and approve the Memorandum of Understanding. In addition, the cabinet endorsed the choices made in earlier sessions.

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