Digitisation improving socioeconomic condition

RANGPUR : Digitisation has been improving socioeconomic conditions of the common people irreversibly through reaching government services at their doorsteps pushing the country towards a middle income nation, reports BSS.
The observations came this afternoon at the inaugural ceremony of a three-day Digital Innovation Fair- 2016 being organised by the district administration at Town Hall premises in the city.
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 manner for building a digital Bangladesh.
The Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office being funded by the GoB, USAID and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are assisting in organising the fair.
Acting Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hassan Ahmed formally inaugurated the fair by releasing balloons at a ceremony as the chief guest with Deputy Commissioner Rahat Anwar in the chair.
A rally, participated by government officials, students, teachers, youths, socio-cultural, professional and political leaders and activists, civil society members, entrepreneurs of union digital centres and elite, was brought out in the city.
The district administration, different government departments, non-governmental 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 being provided by different government departments and organisations, union digital centres, youths and students, district and upazila level web portals in various sectors.
Later, Acting Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hassan Ahmed attended a post-rally discussion at Town Hall auditorium as the chief guest with Deputy Commissioner Rahat Anwar in the chair.
Rangpur Divisional Director (Local Government) Abdul Mazid addressed the inaugural ceremony as well as the post rally discussion as special guest.
Deputy Director (Local Government) Sultana Parveen, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC-General) Dr ATM Mahbub-Ul Karim, ADC (Revenue) Mostain Billah, ADC (Education & ICT) Tanima Tasmin, Additional District Magistrate Priyosindhu Talukder, Senior District Information Officer Humayun Kabir addressed, among others.
The speakers narrated objectives of the digital innovation fair, successful implementation of the a2i Programme and Vision 2021 to attain the sustainable development goals (SDGs) for building a middle income nation.
They discussed about the successes already achieved in reaching all 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 digital nation by 2021, and subsequently a developed nation by 2041.
Thousands of people, including youths and students, have been thronging the fair since today and showing interests in the Show-casing of ‘Solve-A-Thon’, internet browsing, getting information and e-services using laptops, various digital devices and ICT.