PAO system to simplify process of govt payments

JAMMU: Minister for Finance, Labour & Employment Haseeb Drabu reviewed the progress made on replacement of existing treasury system to Pay and Accounts Office (PAO) system in a meeting convened here on Wednesday, an official press note read.
Principal Secretary, Finance Navin Kumar Choudhary, Director General Accounts & Treasuries Altaf Hussain Mirza, Director Codes Mohammad Rafi Andrabi and other senior officers of the Finance Department attended the meeting.
While reviewing the progress, Finance Minister asked the concerned officers to expedite the process so that PAO system could be launched in the state by January 18.
He said, “The finance department has a huge public interface and this new system will surely help in simplifying the whole process of government payments.” During the meeting, a detailed presentation was made by concerned officer about the proposed organisational set up and functioning of this new system.
According to the handout, the minister asked the officers to ensure that everyone working with this new system was assigned 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.”
Drabu said that there was 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 that 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, read the handout.
The system is being integrated with Budget Estimation, Allocation & Monitoring System (BEAMS) for better check of budgetary allocation and authorised expenditure, it added.