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JK govt puts PAO system in abeyance

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The and government today put in abeyance the Pay and Accounts Office System (PAOS) till March 31, an official said.

The decision was announced a day after axed from her cabinet over his remark that was not a political issue.

In January, Drabu proposed a reform in the government's payment system by replacing the present treasury system by a functionally aligned PAO system.

Quoting an order issued by the department, the said The implementation of the PAO system rolled out onFebruary 8is kept in abeyance tillMarch 31, 2018in the first place.

The readiness of stakeholders as well as foolproof technical platform will be reviewed before the rollout of the system early next financial year, the order said.

Earier during the day, a notification signed on behalf of the said Syed Mohammed Altaf Bukhari, of the PDP, was given additional charge of the department of as well as labour and employment as an interim measure.

Reacting to the government decision, opposition National Conference working questioned was there more to Drabu's sacking than just his speech.

The first decision of the new minister is to reverse a reform his govt (government) had bragged about. Is there more to Haseebs dismissal than just his speech? the former said in a tweet.

Drabu's decision to replace the existing system with PAO system, which entailed payments only through online mode, has not gone down well with certain quarters who claimed that the ministry staff was not adequately trained.

On March 9, Mehbooba has directed exemption till March 31of the geographical areas where is not available or which are facing disruptions due to various reasons in order to ensure that the stakeholders do not face any inconvenience during the switch over to PAO system and to make sure no pendency of bills.

The had also directed that the bills being returned for want of administrative or technical sanction be considered for payment subject to a certificate by the concerned DDO that such a sanction is granted post facto by the competent authority within two months.

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

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

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

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 23:45 IST