The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (ITT) has requested a budget of Rs16.5 billion for its upcoming projects in the fiscal year 2023-24. Read more.
The ministry’s budget encompasses development and non-development expenses, with the non-development expenditure accounting for Rs10.5 billion of the total IT and telecom budget.
Within the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), the ministry is seeking an allocation of Rs 6 billion for 28 development projects. These projects include the digitization of the presidency, Senate, and National Assembly, the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation Compliance Management System, the completion of Smart Office projects in federal ministries and departments, the construction of four knowledge parks in different cities, and the establishment of software technology parks in various districts.
Furthermore, the IT and telecom ministry has requested Rs90.3 million for project monitoring and digital transformation and Rs230 million for the ongoing Smart Office projects in federal ministries and departments.
It has also proposed allocating Rs20.24 million for information and communication technology infrastructure in the presidency and Rs190 million to enhance the quality and autonomy of the industry in multiple cities.
Other funding requests include Rs40.58 million for the One Patient-One ID project, Rs500 million for ongoing projects aimed at increasing cyber-efficiency in the Senate and National Assembly, Rs150 million for the certification of IT professionals, and Rs50.14 million for the General Data Protection Regulation Compliance Management System.
Additionally, the ministry suggests allocating Rs180 million for the Information and Communication Technology Internship Programme and Rs100 million for the Smart Capital Project in collaboration with the Pakistan Stock Exchange.
To support the ongoing projects of 25 Software Technology Parks, the ministry requires Rs250 million and Rs160 million for the existing projects of the Karachi IT Park.