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Thursday, May 23, 2024

PM Imran Khan envisions E-governance as a solution for corruption

By lauding the efforts taken by the NADRA team in the domain of succession certificates, PM Khan envisions it as an important step towards e-governance and digitalizing key sectors such as tax collection, land registry, and voting mechanisms. In this way, people can trust the government as it aims towards maximum ease and efficiency for them.

While addressing the launching ceremony of succession certificates in Islamabad, PM Imran Khan appreciates the efforts of the NADRA team in digitalizing the system for the convenience of the public. He claims that it is the job of the government to make ease for the people of Pakistan in every possible way.

As engaging in arduous paperwork makes the common man frustrated and the subsequent delays in manual documentation irk them, these digitalization moves for succession certificate is a laudable step.

He congratulated the efforts of Rana Zulfikhar who developed the software for succession certificates and draws parallels with the initiative taken by Shaukat Khanum hospital twenty years ago. He claimed that by eliminating the paperwork process and making the whole system of admission and treatment “paperless”, people received a great amount of ease and feasibility.

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Moreover, online storage can keep records safely with continuous upgrading as compared to the physical compilation of papers in files that can get lost or decayed. Due to this paperless system, there was no fear of false receipts, fraud in pharmacy, and related corruption in the hospital constructed with the motive of charity and helping the deprived.

Ensuring maximum efficiency and ease

PM Imran Khan reiterates that the function of the government in any state is to ensure that all departments work with efficiency and speed. Red-tapism and slacking due to paperwork are typical of a failed system. The government needs to focus on constant innovation and up-gradation in key sectors and departments. It should work unanimously to make its areas of operation easy and feasible for the people.

He highlights deadlocks and bottlenecks in land-grab cases and property transfers due to the strenuous paperwork system. The digitalizing move is a solution for the existing land registry system as all records will be kept safe and secure. Thus, August 2021 will be the deadline for land registry digitalization and he urges the NADRA team to expedite the process for the collective good.

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Additionally, the digitalization of NADRA through succession certificates is a significant step towards tax collection. PM Imran Khan explicates this view by stating that taxes are the backbone of revenue in any country and economic development depends on this source. As the government is already engaged in documenting the economy, broadening the tax net, and eliminating tax evasion, the succession certificate move will streamline this agenda.

E-voting for future elections

Alongside, the succession certificates will enable overseas Pakistani to go for documentation without coming to Pakistan. In this way, they can enjoy convenience at their place through the digital mechanisms incorporated by NADRA and save their traveling costs. In addition, the overseas Pakistanis can also engage in e-voting since the system is transparent.

By expounding on future e-voting which will be the name of the game in future elections, PM Imran Khan sheds light on its numerous benefits. The installation of ETM area machines will eliminate the prospects of rigging and will make voting effective, credible, and speedier.

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In this way, no one will be able to challenge the results and they will be as reliable as the elections of the 1970s were. As technology will win all odds, PM Khan believes that it is essential to winning the trust of the people in the government.