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    E-revolution hitting Pak government! wow

    Utility bills can be deposited through Internet:

    How many developing countries can boast of that? This is what honest channeling of funds does. The money has always been there...just in the wrong hands. Now it finally seems that the important sectors are being handled first. Technology being spread across the board. Great job.

    ISLAMABAD, July 26: The citizens will now be able to deposit their utility bills through Internet, said minister for science and technology Prof Dr Attaur Rehman.

    The minister said the federal cabinet which is meeting on Wednesday will discuss and approve our proposal to deposit utility bills through Internet.

    He told Dawn here on Thursday that the ministry of science and technology has done all the initial work by taking it up with WAPDA, PTCL, banks, post offices and other public dealing organizations.

    Dr Rehman said that the cabinet will be given a detailed presentation over the issue with a view to removing the miseries and humiliation of the citizens for getting their telephone, electricity, gas, water etc. bills in banks and other concerned organizations by standing hours in the sun and facing all kinds of harsh weather.

    Responding to a question the minister said that in fact there was a huge programme called as "Electronic government (E-government) which was being finalized in order to bring transparency and discourage corruption.

    He said that E-government plan would also reform the legal system of the country. "All kinds of government forms will be available on Internet for business transactions", he said adding that the purpose was to discourage citizens' maximum possible contact with the government employees and that every thing will now be available on Internet.

    Asked about the new foreign investment in the Information Technology, he said that Saudi Arabia was likely to invest over $30 million in this sector. He said that the visiting delegation of Fund for Development headed by Engineer Yousef has expressed its willingness to invest in the Virtual University and other IT projects.

    To another question he said that this was happening for the first time in the history of Pakistan that every university was being given Rs50 million annually to undertake research work in science and technology and Information Technology.

    He said that National University of Science and Technology and Commission for Science and Technology have been given the full fledged degree awarding status with a view to promote science and technological activities.

    He said that two IT universities each at Lahore and Abbotabad were being set up for which the government has acquired huge land. "Both these institutions will start classes from October this year". In addition to that, he said that a number of IT universities were being established by the private sector. He said Dada Bhai university and a Memon university were being set up in the private sector for which the government will extend all possible support.

    Responding to a question, Dr Rehman said that high speed Internet access was being provided in Pakistan specially after the government successfully linked the whole of Pakistan with optic fibre.

    The minister for science and technology said that Internet access which was available only in 29 cities of the country has now been provided in 432 cities and towns. "There is no example of such work that has spread so quickly".


    Wow! this is great news

    I take it, that this means that Pakistani websites can now take credit card payments from Pakistani subscribers, something which heretofore was not allowed under the Banking rules of Pakistan.

    Or, maybe some of our major banks are coming in with better web-presence, and more featuers for their customers.

    All in all, a move which will be widely appreciated. Ofcourse, it helps that the govt is already working to expand the coverage of internet for more and more subscribers, increasing the bandwidth and striving for more awareness amongst the people.

    Hopefully, our banking industry is also educating people and providing newer products to simplify life and jump-start the economy.