The Jammu and Kashmir government today set a deadline of January 2018 for the replacement of existing treasury system to Pay and Accounts Office (PAO) system to simplify the process of government payments in the state.
"The concerned officers need to expedite the process so that PAO system can be launched in the state by January 18.
Finance department has a huge public interface and this new system would surely help in simplifying the whole process of government payments," Finance Minister Haseeb A Drabu said.
Drabu passed the directions at a meeting convened to review the progress made on replacement of existing treasury system to PAO system.
The minister asked the officers to ensure that everyone working with this new system should be assigned with a meaningful role for better delivery of services.
He said the operational staff should lay focus on streamlining the payment system and to ensure payments in a specified period.
"There is a need to design the system in such a way that it meets the future requirements and should be functionally aligned rather than geographically demarcated, he said.
Drabu said he would personally review the progress twice a week so that the required changes in the draft model including administrative reforms would be made before finally switching to the PAO system.
The new system is being integrated with Budget Estimation, Allocation and Monitoring System (BEAMS) for better check of budgetary allocation and authorised expenditure.
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