WEB DESK – There are only two qualified IT professionals on at least 23 key positions in Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) and rest are either schools teachers, forest experts and judicial clerks on deputation.
The federal ministry of IT managed, rather mismanaged, by state minister Anusha Rahman which had been marred with lack of professionalism.
One investigative report by a leading English daily maintained that out of a total of 23 key officials within the ministry, only two, Member IT Amir Malik and Director Iftikhar Shah, are technically qualified IT professionals.
Malik has also been given additional responsibility as managing director for Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), while Shah additionally serves as the director general of the Pakistan Computer Bureau (PCB).
Moreover, Hidayatullah Bhittani, originally a schoolteacher, is working in the MoIT on deputation and currently holds charge as section officer for development.
Ghansham Das, originally an officer of the forest department in Sindh, is on deputation to the MoIT and is currently working as assistant chief of development.
Another officer, Aslam Lashari, is on deputation from the Supreme Court’s registrar office, and currently working as a director in PCB.
Anusha Rehman, when approached held her predecessors responsible for the state of affairs at the MoIT. “This ministry used to be a part of the science and technology ministry and was separated from it in 2003. However it has remained neglected since then,” she added.