The National Information Technology Board (NITB) has been designated as an autonomous organization by the federal government.
According to a letter from the Cabinet Division, the federal cabinet has approved the deletion of the NITB from the list of attached departments in Schedule-III and its allocation to the Information Technology and Telecommunications Division in Schedule-II of the Rules of Business, 1973 as a result of the NITB being established as a body corporate under the NITB Act, 2022.
The letter continued, “The Rules of Business, 1973 will be amended as necessary to the foregoing effect.”
The Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT), the Secretary of MoITT, the Secretary of the Finance Division, the Secretary of the Division to which business relating to science and technology is assigned, the Director General (Technical) ISI, and Secretary National Telecommunication and Information Technology Security Board as Ex-officio members, the Chief Executive Officer of the Board, and two other members make up the nine-member NIT Board that the government has also announced.
The federal government is required to name an eminent IT professional with a reputation for integrity, competence, and expertise in managing IT development projects as CEO for a term of three years, extendable for a similar term or terms, on the suggestion of the NIT Board.
In addition to supporting effective and transparent governance, the Board shall also give technical recommendations for integrating e-governance into the federal ministries and divisions.
It is important to note that on June 9, 2022, the NITB Bill was approved during a joint session of Parliament. President Dr. Arif Alvi subsequently signed the National Information Technology Board Bill 2022 on August 13, 2022.
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