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J&K's ambitious PAO system deferred after Finance Minister's ouster

IANS  |  Jammu 

A day after and Minister was dropped from the cabinet, the ambitious public accounts office (PAO) system he had envisaged was put on the hold, said informed sources on Tuesday.

Top sources told IANS that Altaf Bukhari, who has been assigned the portfolio by Mehbooba Mufti, Tuesday ordered that the PAO system be put on the hold till M rch 31.

Drabu had adamantly held to his view that both and PAO system that would dispense with the centuries-old treasury system would have to be implemented now or never.

Hundreds of contractors working for various state government departments including Roads and Buildings, Irrigation and Flood Control and Public Health Engineering, had locked the offices of these departments bring ing all developmental works on the hold for nearly a fortnight.

The striking contractors have been demanding their long-pending payments and opposing the system on the ground that in the absence of proper system and extensive Internet facility, the shift over to such a system would spell disaster to their profession.

The first order issued by Bukhari putting both the PAO system and on the hold for the time being has caused jubilation among striking contractors in both the Valley and the region.



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 20:04 IST