Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications meets

Islamabad, March 25, 2023 (PPI-OT): The Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications expressed grave concern over poor service and weak signals problems of Mobile Network Companies across the Country even in Parliament Lodges, Islamabad. The Committee reported poor internet services being provided by NTC in Parliament Lodges resulting in shifting of users to Private Services Operators (NAYATEL) which is providing Internet and its allied services in lower rates than NTC.

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications was held today on 24th March, 2023 at 02:00 p.m. in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA.

2. Earlier, the Committee was briefed about the performance of all the Telecom Operators all over the country. The Committee was apprised about largest online training program DIGISKILL started by Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) for empowerment of youth as free-lancer and making efforts to remove hurdles in receiving online payments of their services.

The department has imparted training to more than 3 million free-lancers who are earning a lot — generating revenue for the Country. The Committee further informed that Ministry is trying to lessen the gap between Industries and Academia. For the purpose, Ministry is introducing new courses according to international requirements. The Committee directed to take effective measures to enhance their I.T exports in order to generate revenue for Government exchequer.

3. The Committee unanimously recommended to expedite the matter of imports of Telecom related equipment to overcome weak service and signal problems. The Committee directed to revive USF projects in some districts of Balochistan wherein these were suspended on the recommendations of Security Agencies due to law-and-order situation of areas. The Committee also directed PTA to reopen its offices in Karachi and Hyderabad for facilitation of Internet and Mobile Users in all the neighbouring areas.

4. Besides the official of the Ministry the following MNAs, Malik Sohail Khan, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Ms. Naz Baloch, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Salahuddin, Ms. Javeria Zafar Aheer, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani and Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali and Ms. Aliya Kamran, Mr. Saad Waseem, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto MNA/Movers attended the meeting.

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