Local News Update: The several new web based computer programs were launched at “Randora” Auditorium of the ministry on the direction of Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Economic and Policy Development Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksha under the procedure of the new government which prepares to be congenial to the 21 century of the public service. These programs were introduced by the Department of Information Technology Management of the Ministry.
This was opened by the secretary to the Treasury Mr. Attygalle, the objective of the program is to improve the efficiency of the public sector, ensure transparency, providing convenience to the customers and also qualitative service to the customers.
As a measure of creating Sri Lanka Customs to be more efficient and effective institution for the public, all the services of the import sector are provided through a single window. Sri Lanka Customs performs as the main hub for monitoring international trade. Therefore, all the relevant government institutions are bound with this service.
The main objective of the government is to bring about public enterprises efficient and profitable. Monitoring and regulating of public enterprises are significant for this purpose. The Public Enterprises Department Information System (PEDMIS) and the updated Payroll Software will be facilitated for such activities of all Public Service officers in this field.
It is also hoped to use e-technology to minimize delays in correspondence in the office which is a thumping cause of public service delays. The Department of Information Technology Management in the Finance Ministry intends to provide the software management system that has been introduced for this purpose in any public institution or department.
It is expected that the software is to provide online authorization and required services, reducing the use of paper and eliminating unnecessary delays as well as procuring a more efficient service.
These websites have been developed and open source software is used that it is highly laudable and Digital technology can too be used for financial transactions between the government and the private institutions.
This program has been prepared without additional expenditure as an internal development of the Department of Information Technology Management with the help of a group of Sri Lankan youths who are studying in the field of Information Technology. Previously, when the bids were called by a foreign institution, the estimated cost for this program was US $. Eight million. However, the Ministry of Finance is happy to be able to provide these programs without any cost.
Deputy Secretary to the Treasury Mr. A.M.P.M.B.Atapattu, Additional Secretary Mr.H.G. Sumanasinghe, Director General of the Department of Information Technology Management, Mr.S.H.Harischandra and several other officers were also present on the occasion.