The island’s fledgling Deputy Ministry for Research, Innovation & Digital Policy is on high alert trying to meet urgent software needs sparked from the coronavirus outbreak, Phileleftheros reports.
The new state of play which forces people to work from home and only make online payments, plus the government’s unprecedented policies on special leave and suspended services means that new logistics have to be put in place.
Both for safety and health reasons as well as for all submitted applications to be processed fast and diligently, according to Deputy Minister Kyriacos Kokkinos.
“It is not an easy task, in fact, I would say that technically it is extremely difficult, if not impossible but we are doing our best to have the best possible outcome,” Kokkinos said.
“We have to make it easier for people to submit applications online with all necessary certificates attached whether it is for sick leave benefits or special leave allowance. We also try to make it easier for citizens to process their Social Security payments online,” he added.
Kokkinos also said that the deputy ministry works methodically and in accordance with a special action plan.
They are also cooperating with KIOS Research Centre of the University of Cyprus so as to provide the platforms needed to electronically record information. This information may come either from the Cyprus Institute of Genetics concerning coronavirus test results, or tracking information on an outbreak case.
By Demetra Landou