“Make public services available to people through ICT”- Sajeeb Wazed Joy
6 February 2015, Nirapad News: Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser today called for making public services available to the people by utilizing the opportunities of ICT aiming to bring a meaningful change in their life and livelihood.
“The main objective of digital Bangladesh is to reach government services to the doorsteps of the common people by taking advantages of ICT for changing their lots,” he told a tab distribution function at ICT Division here.
State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak and ICT Secretary Shyam Sundar Sikder, among others, addressed the function while Chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Sunil Kanti Bose, head of different government organizations, senior officials and IT experts were present on the occasion.
Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said, “We can use ICT as an effective tool for combating corruption from government organizations as computer-based services never allow this social menace.”
“We have made many landmark ICT programmes including world’s largest web-portal comprising 25000 websites of government offices, introduction of 23,500 multi-media class rooms, setting up computer labs at 3500 educational institutions” Joy added. “All these are impressive successes stories in the field of ICT,” he added.
It has been possible for winning prestigious awards conferred by internationally reputed organizations due to sincere and dynamic efforts made by the present government, he added.
“As the country has developed many important ICT programmes, it is urgent to give our first priority to ensure cyber security for protecting ICT sector,” Joy added.
The government has attached its second priority to make internet facilities available to the people aiming at building a technologically advanced middle-income country, the ICT advisor said, “We are mulling to formulate an internet neutrality policy so that all levels of people get access to internet facilities.”
“We are successfully expanding 3G networks across the country to reach the benefit of ICT to the people aiming to ensure their contribution to building “Digital Bangladesh” by 2021,” he said adding the government now is planning to introduce 4G networks in the country. “We plan for auctioning 4G spectrum in 2016,” he added.
At the function, Joy talked to officials and local Awami League leaders of Tungipara upazila of Gopalganj district and Pirganj upazila of Rangpur district through video conference.