Md Tajul Islam , Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister said the Local Government Division (LGD) will completely be digitized soon to ensure that all services and facilities of the government reach the people’s doorsteps.
“To fully attain the Digital Bangladesh goal, the LGD and its facilities will be available online to reach the hands of people … the process will be completed soon,” he said.
He made the announcement while addressing as chief guest at the closing ceremony of the seven-day ‘Digital Services Design Lab’ programme arranged by LGD with support from Access to Information (a2i) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) division at the Local Government Engineering Division (LGED) Office in the city’s Agargaon on November 22.
On the occasion, the background of the Digital Services Roadmap and the concept of Digital Services Design Lab were introduced to government officials working under different ministries.
The minister said the country will progress further if everyone gets involved. “If we can ensure the participation of all stakeholders, our Digital Bangladesh will prosper keeping pace with the developed countries,” he said.
State Minister of ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said, “A significant number of government facilities have already been digitised and the rest will follow by 2021. Among 2,800 government facilities, 628 have already been digitised and we’re hopeful about fully digitising the remaining facilities by 2021.”
He emphasized on the need to create an integrated platform titled ‘My Government’ to deliver all government services to the hands of the public.
Senior Secretary of ICT division NM Ziaul Alam, chief engineer of the Local Government Engineering Department Khalil Rahman, UNDP resident representative Sudipto Mukerjee were also present at the programme. Additional Secretary of the Local Government Division Roxana Quader presided over the function.
According to data presented at the programme, 628 facilities of 20 ministries have been designed and implemented as digital services through the Digital Services Design Lab including 128 facilities of 14 organisations under LGD. This will help the LGD to save over Tk 1,100 crore per year.
About 1,000 new ‘Government to Citizen’ and ‘Government to Business’ facilities will be introduced on digital platform by 2021.