Pak-India dialogue by PILDAT

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Legislators and public officials attending a day-long dialogue in Dubai have stressed the need for better use of technology to improve overall governance, lives of common people and control corruption in government offices.
The 11th round of the dialogue, “Technology for Better Governance in Pakistan and India,” was attended by Pakistan and India’s legislators and public officials.
It was organised by the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) at the Pullman Creek hotel in Dubai.
The dialogue included Members of Parliament and Provincial Assemblies of Punjab and Sindh alongside experts and media representatives from Pakistan who joined Members of the Indian Parliament from Assam, Haryana and Karnataka and State Legislatures of Delhi and Gujarat alongside experts and media representatives from India.
Participants underscored that technology has immense potential to improve governance in Pakistan and India. The participants recognised that while tremendous strides have been made across Pakistan and India in using technology for improved governance, there exists a lot of room for sharing of good practices between the two countries.
They asserted that while use of technology by governments provided a critical platform to improve the quality of life of citizens, governments must do so while maintaining the security of data and privacy of citizens.
The participants in the dialogue also pointed that real changes in structures of governance to guard against corruption and other systemic ills must accompany and complement the use of technology to improve governance.
“While technology is helping citizens with ease of access to services, one of its key challenges is to engage citizens, especially the youth, as active participants in governance and public policy issues. The Governments must actively encourage individuals, businesses and NGOs to come up with initiatives and interfaces that improve administration and service delivery,” the participants said.
Participants believed that tremendous opportunity for exchange and sharing of information exists between Pakistan and India on a variety of technology-enabled initiatives such as India stack and Pakistan stack. “Of particular interest are the models of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), monitoring of immunisation programmes, Aadhaar authentication (Unique ID), e-Procurement, Smart Cities, e-Cloud for Citizens, land record management and Unified Payment Interface, etc. Setting up a knowledge portal between the two countries can be extremely useful in this regard,” discussed the participants.
Another area of priority for the two countries is to provide necessary and uniform improvements to support technological governance. Each country has good use of technology implemented in different regions which must be extendednationwide. Exchange of good practices in this area will also enable the two countries to address the challenges of digital divide in both countries.
The officials from both governments resolved to use their abilities and reach within governments, legislatures and media to project the content and recommendations for action as given in the Joint Statement.
Participants underscored that dialogue provides a good forum to share successful models. While commending PILDAT’s efforts in conceptualising, designing and facilitating dialogue and interaction between Pakistan and India, dialogue participants urged PILDAT to continue the dialogue on relevant themes in the future as well.
With Mani Shankar Aiyar,Former Member of the Indian Parliament and Union Minister of Indiain the Chair, delegates from India included Dushyant Chautala, MP, Member, Lok Sabha, Indian National Lok Dal, Hisar (Haryana); Prof. M.V. Rajeev Gowda, MP, Member, Rajya Sabha, Indian National Congress, Karnataka; Shadi Lal Batra, MP, Member, Rajya Sabha, Indian National Congress, Haryana; Sushmita Dev, MP, Member, Lok Sabha, Indian National Congress, Silchar (Assam); Madan Lal, MLA, Delhi Legislative Assembly, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Kasturba Nagar (New Delhi); Shaktisinh Gohil, MLA, Gujarat Legislative Assembly, Former Leader of the Opposition, Indian National Congress, Abdasa (Gujarat); Mr. Rajesh Sharma, Member, Government of Delhi, IT Task Force, India; Roshan Shankar, Advisor to the Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Delhi, India; Prof. Subhash Bhatnagar, Former faculty member IIMA, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India; T.R. Raghunandan, Founder and Mentor, Avantika Foundation, India and Man Aman Chhina, Assistant Editor, Indian Express,  Punjab, India.
Those from Pakistan attended were Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, MNA, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), NA-76, Faisalabad-II, Punjab, in the chair, delegates from Pakistan included Dr. Arif Alvi, MNA, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI),NA-250, Karachi-XII, Sindh; Mrs.‏ Ayesha Javed, MPA, PML-N, W-317, Punjab; Mrs. Azma Bukhari, MPA,PML-N, W-318, Punjab; Mian Mehmood ur Rashid, MPA, Leader of the Opposition PTI, PP-151 (Lahore-XV), Punjab; Dr. Murad Raas, MPA, PTI, PP-152 (Lahore-XVI), Punjab; Ms. Nabila Hakim Ali Khan, MPA, PTI, W-358, Punjab;‏ Mahtab Akbar Rashdi, MPA, Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F),RSW-156, Sindh; Syeda Shehla Raza, MPA, Deputy Speaker, Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPP-P), RSW-132, Sindh; Ali Mazhar, Joint Director, E- Stamping, PITB, Lahore, Pakistan; Dr. Umar Saif, Advisor to the Hon. Chief Minister of Punjab, Pakistan,Chairman, Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) &Vice Chancellor, Information Technology University, Lahore, Pakistan.
-Published in The Gulf Today

~ by jamilkhan on March 9, 2017.

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