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Pakistan Govt. allocates Rs. 5.64 billion for 15 IT projects

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Pakistan Government has allocated Rs. 5.64 billion for IT related 115 development projects for the current fiscal year 2007-08. The funds for the IT projects would be allocated among different ministries and departments of government.

These allocations will enhance the development of human resource development, IT industry, e-Government, infrastructure and also create job opportunities for IT sector. Revenue division will get Rs 880 million, Cabinet Division Rs 12.5 million, Ministry of Information Technology Rs 2.119 billion, Ministry of Defence Rs 18.815 million and Ministry of Interior has been allocated Rs 2.615 billion for the current fiscal year. E-Government projects include the establishment of federal government data centre, which would be completed this year by provide connectivity to all federal ministries/divisions. Basic infrastructure, including local area networking, hardware and software will be provided across all departments of the federal government to enable them to function in an interconnected and automated environment.

The National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) is planning to execute different projects in this fiscal year, like establishment of coastal communication link worth Rs 627 million, high performance secure network architecture (HPSNA), for NTC at Islamabad worth Rs 198.740 million. While other projects include, shifting of GHQ circuits from PTCL to NTC Network (Phase-I) worth Rs 877.390 million, provision of PSTN legal interception facility by NTC worth Rs 78.036 million to intercept hacking and the video conferencing for government at 14 sites worth Rs 39.437 million.

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