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Sitting on 25th March 2021

List of Business  |  Summary of Proceedings

List of Business

PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY OF SINDH

ORDERS OF THE DAY

THURSDAY, THE 25TH MARCH, 2021

 

Business to be brought forward before the Legislature on Thursday, the 25th March, 2021 at 02.00 P.M.

 

I.      (A)    RECITATION FROM THE HOLY QUR’AN.

(B)    NAAT SHAREEF.

 

II.     QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

(Information, Science & Technology Department)

 

III.    LEAVE APPLICATION OF MEMBERS, IF ANY.

 

IV.    PRIVILEGE MOTION NO. 01 OF 2021;GIVEN NOTICE OF BY SYED ABDUL RASHEED, MPA REGARDING HORSE-TRADING OF MEMBERS OF THE PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY OF SINDH IN SENATE ELECTIONS-2021

 

V.     ADJOURNMENT MOTION NO. 01 OF 2021;GIVEN NOTICE OF BY MS. SADIA JAVED, MPA REGARDING RISING PRICES OF ELECTRICITY IN THE COUNTRY.

 

VI.    ANNOUNCEMENT OF ASSENT TO BILLS:

Mr. Speaker announces that the Honourable Governor of Sindh has given assent to the following Bills:-

                       

01- The Barret Hodgson University at Karachi (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

 

02- The Sindh Parliamentary Secretaries (Salaries, Allowances and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

 

03- The Control of Narcotics Substance (Sindh Amendment) Bill, 2021.

 

04- The Sindh Water Management (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

 

VII.   INTRODUCTION OF THE GOVERNMENT BILL NO. 09 OF 2021-THE SINDH TRUSTS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2021.

 

VIII.  INTRODUCTION AND CONSIDERATION OF THE GOVERNMENT BILL NO. 27 OF 2020-THE BENAZIR BHUTTO SHAHEED UNIVERSITY AT LYARI KARACHI (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020.

 

IX.    PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF THE GOVERNMENT BILL NO. 06 OF 2021-THE SINDH PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2021.

 

X.     ANY OTHER BUSINESS WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE CHAIR.

 

 

KARACHI, THE                                     G.M.UMAR FAROOQ

24TH MARCH, 2021                                    SECRETARY

        PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY OF SINDH

 

Summary of Proceedings

PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY OF SINDH

INFORMATION, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

LIST OF STARRED ASSEMBLY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR

THURSDAY, THE 25TH MARCH, 2021

 

96.       *Mr. Arif Mustafa Jatoi: Will the Minister for Information, Science & Technology be pleased to state:-

(a)   Is it a fact that GIS mapping project with specialized overlays has cost over one billion rupees with no benefit for the public;

(b)   If answer to (a) above is in affirmative, the reasons thereof? 

ANSWER

Mr. Muhammad Taimur Talpur, Minister for Information, Science & Technology:

Currently, GIS mapping has been deployed by Board of Revenue for different departments through LARMIS project and they have also developed Base map of Sindh Province for GIS.

Moreover, IST Department initiated project namely “Development of Core Geographic Information System (GIS)

with Specialized Overlays” in the year 2009, since 2009 the project has not been completed due to non-availability of space for establishment of GIS Directorate which will be established at the building of Bureau of Statistics, P&D Department but still not handed over to the IST Department despite of many meetings and correspondence, however, only initial consultancy of the project have been initiated, which is under process, therefore, no any physical activities have been materialized so far.

 

1112.   *Ms. Rabia Azfar Nizami:  Will the Minister for Information, Science & Technology be pleased to state:-

(a)   Is it a fact that in ADP Budget Documents page 120, implementation of E-Governance Hiring of consultant approved in 2017 and completion date is June, 2020;

(b)   If answer to (a) above is affirmative, cause of delay in just hiring a consultant? 

ANSWER

Mr. Muhammad Taimur Talpur, Minister for Information, Science & Technology:

Scheme approved in DDWP in its meeting on 3rd October, 2017 and Administrative approval also authenticated by the Finance Department, Govt. of Sindh.  Furthermore,  a meeting called by then Chief Secretary, Sindh on departmental briefing, wherein chair advised to establish the in house capacity instead of implementation the project namely “Implementation of E-Governance (Hiring of Consultant)” Hence, this scheme was deleted from  ADP 2018-19 with consent of the P&D Department, Govt. of Sindh. In this regard, this department is currently engaged to establish ICT Board for the deployment of e-governance in the province.

 

2714.   *Ms. Rana Ansar:  Will the Minister for Information, Science & Technology be pleased to state:-

District-wise number of people trained by the department under the SBBYDP along with their current employment status? 

ANSWER

Mr. Muhammad Taimur Talpur, Minister for Information, Science & Technology:

District-wise number of people trained by the Information Science & Technology Department under the SBBYDP Phase-I in year 2008-09 and Phase-II 2009-10 is as under:-

S #

Name of District

No. of people trained in Phase-I

No. of people trained in Phase-II

 

1.

Karachi

1436

670

2.

Hyderabad

282

118

3.

Matiari

103

66

4.

Tando Allahyar

101

64

5.

Tando M. Khan

101

66

6.

Badin

297

192

7.

Thatta

609

394

8.

Dadu

238

153

9.

Jamshoro

194

124

10.

Sukkur

247

160

11.

Khairpur

479

309

12.

Naushahro Feroze

303

197

13.

Ghotki

299

194

14.

Benazirabad

214

138

15.

Larkana

208

145

16.

Kambar Shahdaadkot

196

139

17.

Shikarpur

235

152

18.

Jacobabad

173

112

19.

Kashmore

169

109

20.

Mirpurkhas

246

159

21.

Umerkot

224

146

22.

Sanghar

384

247

23.

Tharparkar

224

146

Grand Total

6962

4200

Furthermore, IS&T Department was only imparted training to youths of the Sindh Province in order to enhance their technical skills. However, their employment status is not mandate of IS&T Department, Government of Sindh.

 

3210.  *Ms. Nida Khuhro:    Will the Minister for Information, Science & Technology be pleased to state:- 

(a)      Is it a fact that I.T learning centers have been established in the Province;

               (b)      If answer to (a) above is affirmative, the details thereof?

ANSWER

Mr. Muhammad Taimur Talpur, Minister for Information, Science & Technology:

Information Science & Technology Department, Government of Sindh has no IT Learning Center in the Province. However, this department is executing / implementing training program with IBA Karachi for employees of Sindh Secretariat for their capacity building.

 

3513.   *Syeda Marvi Faseeh:          Will the Minister for Information, Science & Technology be pleased to state:-

(a)   Is it a fact that department has created an official website which contains separate website for each department;

(b)   If answer to (a) above is affirmative, name the website and department for which the same is made? 

ANSWER

Mr. Muhammad Taimur Talpur, Minister for Information, Science & Technology:

Information Science & Technology Department has initiated “E-Portal for all Departments”, whereby websites of 40 plus departments have been developed and their focal persons have been provided with related training.

List of website with URL alongwith name of department is at Annexure Placed on the Table of the House

 

4640.   *Mr. Khurrum Sher Zaman:           Will the Minister for Information, Science & Technology be pleased to state:-

(a)   Is it a fact that we are likely to see introduction of e- government in Sindh Government;

(b)   If answer to (a) above is affirmative, the detail thereof? 

ANSWER

Mr. Muhammad Taimur Talpur, Minister for Information, Science & Technology:

Information Science & Technology Department is committed to launch e-government in Sindh Province

In this regard, some important initiatives have already been taken in coordination with various departments of Government of Sindh. Particularly, in health sector, a complete Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) is operational at Civil Hospital Karachi which one of the largest Public Hospital in the country and extending medical services to citizen of Sindh Province and people from Baluchistan.

Similarly, this department had installed Traffic Management System / Driving License, Madadgar 15 call centre, F.M radio 88.6 for Police Department, which are currently fully operational.

We have been continuously providing Video Conferencing services to Governor, Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, all Secretaries, Commissioners and all Deputy Commissioners of Sindh as and when required by the authorities. These services currently huge swing against transportation cost and quick decisions and time saving, which disposing of official business.

IS&TD recently deployed a complete automated system at Cadet College Larkana, Cadet College Petaro which has enhanced their education with ICT based assistance. This department has also installed Wi-Fi facilities in eight (08) major Public Universities in Sindh students and administration is utilizing this facility on large scale as per their requirements.

IST Department is also engaged to provide the technical assistance to all departments Government of Sindh in all IT related projects for moving forward as an initiate towards introducing e-government

Currently, the department is also engaged to automate Livestock Sector in Sindh with the latest technologies tools and also was plan to install surveillance cameras at all minorities worship places in Sindh for their Securities under ADP Schemes.

Besides these above services for e-government, the department has moved towards an important initiative for the establishment of the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Board Sindh with the main objective to launch e-governance and digitalization in Sindh also developing in-house capacity through market based resources from ICT Industries, in this regard, draft Act has been submitted to Sindh Cabinet and in process for its approval to place the Bill before Sindh Assembly.

 

5510.   *Ms. Nusrat Sehar Abbasi:  Will the Minister for Information, Science & Technology be pleased to state:-

(a)   Is it a fact that effective monitoring of social media including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter etc is being done by the department;

(b)  If answer to (a) above is affirmative, the details thereof? 

ANSWER

Mr. Muhammad Taimur Talpur, Minister for Information, Science & Technology:

This is the exclusion domain / mandate of Federal Government i.e. PTA and FIA as such being handled by them.


 

 

KARACHI:                                                G.M.UMAR FAROOQ

DATED THE 24th MARCH, 2021               SECRETARY 

                                                PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY OF SINDH