FLASH BACK 2016
DIGITAL BANGLADESH IN TEN POINTS
E-learning Platform 'MuktoPaath'
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the open e-learning platform in Bangla language on 1 February 2016 from the Digital Information Centre at the Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela, the fair very favourite to all the Bangalees. The initiative, the slogan of which is 'Shikhun...Jokhon Jekhane Ichchhe' (learn... whenever and wherever you wish), has been implemented by the Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). Teachers, students or any other enthusiastic person from anywhere can join online courses and learn knowledge and skills at this platform. 'MuktoPaath' (www.muktopaath.gov.bd) has been started with an online course titled 'Developing Multimedia Contents for Teachers'.
So far, 133 among many projects coming forth from various government offices, non government institutions and NGOs, education and research institutes, and those at the individual level through a competitive system have been offered grants in 8 rounds. These projects have already been executed in different vital sectors, such as education, health, agriculture, land, government service for the people, government service for the business communities, disable-friendly services, and different types of accessories in improving lifestyle and simplifying services. The application proposal for service innovation fund can be submitted very easily through filling and filing an application form online at www.ideabank.eservice.gov.bd all the year round. Agreements between a2i and innovators of 30 projects have been signed on the occasion.
The judicial window has been developed at the initiative taken by A2I in association with Bangladesh Supreme Court in order to take judicial information and services to the doorsteps of the people. By dint of this window getting all the necessary information about all the courts in Bangladesh and the judiciary will be possible in just one click. The address of this window is: www.judiciary.org.bd. One can avail all the information and services related to the trial procedures of a case, all the relevant institutions, all the forms necessary in judicial undertakings, where and how to get justice against what offence, where to file a case, court fee, valuation of cases, structure of courts, laws and rights etc. Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on 24 December inaugurated this window.
Development Monitoring System
The A2I programme of Prime Minister's Office has developed this system to look over development projects of all the electoral constituencies in Bangladesh. The web address of the system is: promos.sdg.gov.bd. It is now possible to administer and asses the development works of all the constituencies in the country through this system hence the transparency and accountability of these development projects can be ensured. This system is playing vital role in taking policymaking decisions in order to ensure a balanced development in all the constituencies.
The A2I Programme of PMO jointly with the General Economic Division, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the relevant ministries and organizations has taken an initiative to develop SDG Tracker to watch over the implementation of SDGs in Bangladesh. Already a prototype of this system has been created. This would be the first initiative in the world in terms of monitoring SDG.
With a view to ensuring transparency and accountability in courts proceeding by using information technology, enhancing efficiency, carrying out works with swiftness and establishing good governance or, in short, to actualising Digital Bangladesh, the a2i Programme in collaboration with the Cabinet Division has developed e-Mobile Court system, which is being executed in all the 64 districts of the country.
The executive magistrates can very easily and quickly carry out all the mobile court related tasks, such as filing case, forming charge, preparing confiscation list, taking confession and conferring order online or offline by using e-mobile court system. Through this system, the citizens can directly make the district magistrates or executive magistrates know online about various criminal offences and watch or download important news and stories with pictures related to mobile court.
Land Services Online
The Access to Information Programme along with the Land Reform Board has taken initiative to provide various land-related services including mutation online. In this respect, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Land Reformation Board and a2i Programme of the PMO has been signed on 2 November 2016. The main objectives of this MoU are: simplifying the services, developing and implementing land-related e-services, ensuring interaction among the e-services in the land sector, and crafting plans and strategies in order to developing, piloting and executing these e-services. As a result of this MoU, necessary equipments and connectivity have been distributed already among 50 upazila land offices to start delivering these services. The people will be able to avail land-related services online anytime from anywhere as a result of the signing of this MoU.
3D Tech for Artificial Organs
A few inventors with assistance from the Service Innovation Fund have invented a 3D printer with exclusively local technology, by using which artificial hands and legs for human being can be made and transplanted into human body. With this artificial organs according to the measurement of the body of any disable person are being made quickly at a lesser cost now. The Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over an artificial hand manufactured with this 3D printer technology to a disable girl at a programme titled 'Public Administration in Development and Innovation' held on the premises of Bangabandhu Nava Theatre on July 29 2016.
Call Centre for Expatriates
Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam declared the opening of 'Probash Bondhu Call Centre' to help the expatriates on first day of September. Initially, this call centre will provide services to the expatriates working in Malaysia Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The number of this call centre is: 09654333333. The services of this call centre will gradually be made accessible to the migrants to 160 countries. The Wage Earners' Welfare Board (WEWB) with the help of the Service Innovation Fund of a2i has started this service.
SMS-based Livestock Services
The Department Of Livestock Services has launched free SMS service for all the farmers of the country in order to make its services easily accessible. Fishery and Livestock Minister Mohammad Saedul Haq inaugurated the initiative titled 'Free SMS-based Livestock Services' under the Service Innovation Fund of the a2i programme on 30 October 2016. One can get all the necessary information about the primary treatment of any disease of the domestic animals or birds instantly by sending a mobile phone text message (SMS) to a toll free number (16358).
Textile Services on Finger Tips
Textile and Jute Minister Muhammad Imazuddin Pramanik formally inaugurated the e-service management system of the Textile Directorate at a programme organized by the Directorate at the Jute Diversification Promotion Centre Auditorium on December 27. All the services of the Textile Directorate (registration, IRC, recommendation for releasing machine, recommendation for foreign loan, composite certificate, PI Visa etc) are delivered online with the help of this initiative. There is also the provision for making online payment of all the necessary fixed charges. About 9,040 beneficiaries including the members of BGMEA and BKMEA can avail services through this system.