PANCHAGARH, Jan 29: Digitisation is improving the socioeconomic conditions of the common people through reaching government services at their doorsteps and pushing the country towards a middle income nation.
The observations came at the inaugural ceremony of a two-day Digital Innovation Fair-2016 organised by the district administration on the Panchagarh government auditorium premises in the town on Friday afternoon.
The main objectives of the fair are aimed at sensitising and bridging the common people, including young generations, with ICT and rights to information in getting government services in a hassle-free
The Access to Information (a2i) Project of the Prime Minister's Office funded by GoB, USAID and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are assisting in organising the fair.
Secretary of PM's office Suraiya Begum formally inaugurated the fair by releasing balloons as chief guest. Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Salauddin chaired the programme.
On the occasion, a rally was brought out in the town participated by government officials, students, teachers, youths, leaders of socio-cultural, professional and political organisations, civil society members, entrepreneurs of union digital centres, and local elite.
The district administration, different government departments, non-government and private sector organisations, union digital centres, financial and educational institutions, and entrepreneurs have set up stalls in four pavilions in the fair.
The fair has been exhibiting the latest innovations on digitisation and e-services provided by different government departments and organisations, union digital centres, youths and students, and district and upazila level web portals.
People's Perspective Office of the a2i project Naimuzzaman Mukta addressed the inaugural ceremony and the post rally discussion as special guest.
Among others, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Md. Mahamudul Alam, Additional SP Deen Mohammad, Chairman of Sadar upazila Anwar Sadat Samrat and Principal of Bhajanpur Degree College Shafiqul Islam also addressed in the programme.
The speakers discussed about the successes already achieved in reaching government services to the people's doorsteps in a hassle-free manner in the district as elsewhere in the country through digitisation and various innovative steps.
The chief guest said digitisation has been progressing encouragingly from the bottom to the top layers leading Bangladesh towards a middle income nation by 2021, and subsequently a developed nation by 2041.
Thousands of people including youths and students are showing interests in showcasing of 'Solve-A-Thon', internet browsing, getting information and e-services using laptops and various digital devices.