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‘Budget allocation to build toilets , timely act’

Prof. Suresh Surenthiran, Indika de Soysa (Pictures by Sudath Malaweera)
Prof. Suresh Surenthiran, Indika de Soysa (Pictures by Sudath Malaweera)

Google figures show that there are more houses than toilets hence the 2019 budget allocation of several millions to build toilets was timely said consultant, ICTA, and former Country Manager Intel, Indika de Soysa.

He was speaking at the FITJS CEO forum at Shangri La hotel yesterday.

He said data also suggest that there are more mobile phones than tooth brushes. Soyza said that connectivity would be very important as by 2020 there will be over 4.4 billion internet users there will be over USD 3 trillion translations done via mobiles.

He said that today the government is rightly investing on efficient governance. “One successful project was “issuing of online construction permit” launched by Colombo Municipality last August. “Usually it takes around minimum six months to get approval for a building.

But under this system CMC will offer the permit sin 14 days”. According to CMC records over 93% of permits for construction project have been approved so far under this system.

‘Digital Health’ is another such project where 50 government hospitals stores data of patients. “Today data of 4.5 million patients are stored and when a patient goes to one of the 50 hospitals using this scheme they don’t have to carry their medical records”.

By digitalizing these 50 hospitals they save around Rs 1 million per month from each hospital which was used to print and scan reports regularly.

Soyza also said today some government hospitals also have an online channeling service and patients don’t have to go to a hospital at 4 am to get an appointment for 9 a.m. In addition all medicines prescribed by doctors too could be obtained online from pharmacies.

It was also disclosed that Sri Lanka’s ICT literacy rate which was 4.3% in 2004 has now reached over 50%.

Meanwhile Prof. Suresh Surenthiran addressing the event said that proposed introduction of a 5G network to Sri Lanka would have a major positive impact to the economy. It will also see government institution becoming more tech- savvy. He however said that the public sector officials should be briefed on modern ICT language and terms.

He said that this digitalizing of state institutions too was done in Singapore four decades ago and the move saw an efficient and corrupt free public sector.

Sri Lanka should not only introduced ICT know how and language to public sector but to parliamentarian as well. “Digitizing parliament too should be a priority as Sri Lanka needs an E Parliament”. (SS)

But under this system CMC will offer the permit sin 14 days”.

According to CMC records over 93% of permits for construction project have been approved so far under this system.

‘Digital Health’ is another such project where 50 government hospitals stores data of patients. “Today data of 4.5 million patients are stored and when a patient goes to one of the 50 hospitals using this scheme they don’t have to carry their medical records”.

By digitalizing these 50 hospitals they save around Rs 1 million per month from each hospital which was used to print and scan reports regularly.

Soyza also said today some government hospitals also have an online channeling service and patients don’t have to go to a hospital at 4 am to get an appointment for 9 a.m. In addition all medicines prescribed by doctors too could be obtained online from pharmacies.

It was also disclosed that Sri Lanka’s ICT literacy rate which was 4.3% in 2004 has now reached over 50%.

Meanwhile Prof. Suresh Surenthiran addressing the event said that proposed introduction of a 5G network to Sri Lanka would have a major positive impact to the economy. It will also see government institution becoming more tech- savvy.

He however said that the public sector officials should be briefed on modern ICT language and terms.

He said that this digitalizing of state institutions too was done in Singapore four decades ago and the move saw an efficient and corrupt free public sector. Sri Lanka should not only introduced ICT know how and language to public sector but to parliamentarian as well. “Digitizing parliament too should be a priority as Sri Lanka needs an E Parliament”. (SS)

 

 


 

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