PESHAWAR    -   Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has directed the con­cerned authorities to ensure the func­tionalization of Citizen Facilitation Centers (CFC) at Divisional Headquar­ters in the next two months, adding that providing civic facilities to people at their doorsteps is fundamental for ensuring good governance. 

He stated that Citizen Facilitation Centers would not only ensure easy ac­cess for citizens to important civic fa­cilities but would also save precious time and resources. According to de­tails, 19 various services would be made available at the facilitation cen­tres which could also be availed by the citizens online. 

Applications for birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate, divorce certificate, domicile certificate, water connection and billing, com­plaint management system, waste dis­posal and drainage clearance, building plan approval, arms license, e-property transfer, application for trade licenses, correction of land record, verification of vehicles from the manufacturing company and delivery of registration books and number plates will be made available initially followed by the inclu­sion of 10 additional services includ­ing applications for LTV/HTV driving license, route permit, issuance of Iste­hqaq Certificate, Marriage Grant, reg­istration of person with disabilities, senior citizens and transgender, wood permit, procurement of seeds & an­gling license and tenant verification. 

The participants were informed that a web and mobile application has been prepared for the purpose which will be launched formally soon. 

While chairing a progress review meeting on the establishment of Cit­izen Facilitation Centers and E-Gov­ernance project of the provincial gov­ernment, Mahmood Khan stated that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will become the first province of Pakistan to go paper­less in disposing of government busi­ness. The meeting was informed that initially all business related to the pro­vincial cabinet will be transformed into a digital platform which will be fol­lowed by the digital transformation of all government departments. 

The meeting was attended by Provin­cial Minister for Information Technol­ogy Atif Khan, Special Assistant to CM for Information Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, Additional Chief Secretary Sha­hab Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to CM, Managing Director Khyber Pakhtunkh­wa Information Technology Board Ali Mahmood and other officials. 

The Chief Minister termed the E-gov­ernance initiative as the need of the hour and directed the authorities con­cerned to ensure that the project is completed in all respects within the stipulated timelines. He said that the Provincial Government has already in­troduced E-bidding, E-tendering and E-billing in the provincial Works De­partments which has substantially im­proved services delivery. 

The Chief Minister maintained that effective use of Information Technolo­gy is imperative to meet the challenges of the modern era. The Provincial Gov­ernment, keeping in view the contem­porary requirements, has undertaken several initiatives to make good use of Information Technology for the facili­tation of its citizens and modernize the disposal of official businesses there­by ensuring good governance and ac­countability.