Peshawar - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Wednesday achieved another milestone towards E-governance strategy by introducing Summary Automation System (E-summary system) for the provincial departments.

Chief Minister Mahmood Khan formally launched the newly-introduced E-summary system at a ceremony held at Chief Minister’s house. Provincial cabinet members Atif Khan, Taimur Jhagra, Shaukat Yousufzai, Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif, Chief Secretary Shahzad Bangash, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, administrative secretaries of concerned departments, Director Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU) and other relevant officials attended the ceremony.

The participants were briefed about the features, workflow and other important aspects of the newly-introduced system. It was informed that E-summary system was the first of its kind initiative in Pakistan as no other government including federal government has yet introduced this system and thus Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has become the first-ever province to introduce the E-summary system in its government departments. It was also informed that the PMRU established at Chief Secretary Office has itself developed this system without any external support.

Briefing about the important features of the system, it was informed that all activities related to the summaries including creation of summary, process, approval and review would be carried out through Automation System adding that a dedicated mobile app has been prepared for the purpose. It was a secure automation system as only relevant authorities would have access to the system through particular QR code.

Mahmood Khan directs to ensure implementation of system in effective manner

Other features of the system include Summary & Note Management, Para Management, Summary & Note Highlights, Video/Audio Highlights, Alerts and Notifications and Centralised Dashboard. The system would have also the facility of Digital Signature enabled through Pin Code. Similarly, the system has been integrated with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa knowledge-base ie Rules and Regulations.

The participants were informed that all provincial departments have been trained with regard to the use of this summary automation system adding that all updates regarding summaries in process would be available for the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary on dashboards.

The Chief Minister directed the concerned authorities to ensure implementation of the system in an effective manner, however he allowed to move summaries digital and manual in parallel during the one-month transition time. After the aforesaid transition time, he said, manual system would be stopped once for all and only digital summary system would be allowed.

He said that launching of E-summary system was a continuity of provincial government initiatives under its E-governance strategy adding that the government had already introduced a number of reform initiatives to this effect including E-tendering, E-billing, E-bidding and E-payment.

Mahmood Khan said that his government has taken visible steps under the vision of paperless governance which have resulted in significant improvement in the overall performance of the provincial departments.

He was optimistic that the newly-introduced E-summary system would serve as a key performance indicator in performance management.