Vol. 5 Num 514 Mon. November 07, 2005  
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Govt forms now on website
A way to reach services to citizens easily, says PM

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated a website and publication of a compact disc (CD) containing the digitised forms of Bangladesh government as part of a project to make those easily accessible to people as the government gradually goes online.

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) with UNDP assistance undertook the initiative to develop the CD and the website under a project styled 'e-citizen service'. The project aims at increasing transparency and accountability of the administration as well as strengthening the ICT system of the PMO.

Various widely used government forms will be digitised in phases under the initiative. According to an official concerned, out of total 1,200 government forms of various categories some 250 to 500 forms will be digitised within the next three years.

The website has been developed to make the digitised government forms available to people having internet access, while the CD is for the ones still out of the reach of internet network.

The CD will be distributed free of charge through various government and private institutions so that people can get those without having to queue up at government offices.

"Government service will reach people more easily following the introduction of the website and the CD," Khaleda Zia told the inauguration function.

The prime minister also thanked the UNDP Resident Representative Jorgen Lissner, who was present at the function, for extending support to the project.

In response Lissner expressed his satisfaction at being involved with the venture, which he believes will take the governance to a higher plane in this age of information technology.

Khaleda Zia is also the chairperson of the National ICT Task Force, while her principal secretary, Kamaluddin Siddiqi, is the chief of the steering committee on implementation of the taskforce decisions.

Kamaluddin Siddiqi, Secretary Khandokar Shahidul Islam and PMO ICT project director Mahbub Sarwar were also present at the event.