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Centre should take hard look at JK govt's PAO reversal order: NC

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The main opposition party in and Kashmir, National Conference (NC), today urged the Centre to take a "hard look" at the reason behind the Mehbooba Mufti-led state government's decision to put the Pay and (PAO) system in abeyance till March 31.

In a tweet, NC working asked the and Union ministry to look into the the sudden and arbitrary reversal of the system that was aimed at ensuring transparency in the utilisation of government funds.

"@PMOIndia & @FinMinIndia need to take a long, hard look at the reasons behind the sudden & arbitrary reversal of the system that had been introduced in JK (sic)," Omar said in his tweet.

In another tweet, he said, "For 3 years the was told that this reform would be a major step towards transparent use of funds. A measure approved by legislative vote has been overturned by a mere government order."

Haseeb Drabu, who was sacked as the minister of and Kashmir, had been pushing for the implementation of the system and had not wilted under pressure from various quarters, including the ruling PDP, to put it on hold, sources in the said.

Immediately after Drabu was sacked and was given the additional charge of the ministry, the first order to roll out put the implementation of the system in abeyance till March 31.

Drabu had proposed a reform in the government's payment system by replacing the present treasury system with a functionally aligned system, under which any government scheme needed to have three mandatory sanctions -- administrative, technical and financial.

Under the proposal, the contractors had to upload the bills and the amount would have been transferred to their accounts online.

Drabu had proposed that for all receipts and disbursements of the government, the would be departmentally aligned. The officials would deal with those heads of accounts, which are related to the function of their departments concerned.

Instead of receiving the receipts and disbursing the payments of numerous departments in the treasury system, the would deal with just one department.

This will ensure a better understanding of the department, resulting in better forecasting, budgeting, accounting and reporting," Drabu had said in his budget speech.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 18:25 IST