Govt stringent measures for digitizing Punjab Transport Department enumerated

By Staff Reporter | The Nation Aug 2, 2021

LAHORE: Following the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government to bring about transparency in the public departments and to provide maximum facilities to people, the Punjab Transport Department is heading towards digitisation.

The steps that are being taken will be helpful in minimising the corrupt practices and to bring ease in doing businesses.

Talking to media, Director Information Technology at the Transport Department Asim Iqbal said that the department was taking revolutionary measures to enter the digital era which would ensure ease of doing business and bring transparency.

He said that the first-ever website of the department was launched during the PTI government in 2019 where all updated information regarding services provided by the department was available.

“Now, the route permit fee and fitness certificate fee payment are also linked through bank challan instead of adhesive stamps,” he said, adding that the applicants could deposit the route permit fee through any branch of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), over the counter (OTC) at GoPb Biller or by alternative delivery channel (ADC) through all banks.

“From Jan 1, 2020,” he said, “the payment of 32-A challan is also digitalised through banks to facilitate the users.” The director added that the department had also developed an application to be used by the enforcement teams of the department who worked in the field as it was helping them check status of the commercial vehicles about its route permit, challan payments or other pending dues on the spot.

He said the application was now enabling the personnel of the enforcement teams to check the status of the vehicle on the spot as earlier there was no mechanism to verify the status and initiate action accordingly.

He said that the PTI government was committed to bringing about digital revolution to eliminate corrupt practices and get rid of the agent mafia that exploited people particularly drivers who had to visit the office for availing the required service.

Asim Iqbal said that the department was also taking many other steps related to information technology which were under process and would bring more transparency and ease of doing businesses.

He stressed that there was a need to create awareness among drivers and owners of the commercial vehicles about the use of digitalised method to avail the services which had been made available for their ease and to protect them from the agent mafia.

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