Altaf given Finance, L&E portfolios; places PAO system in abeyance until March 31


Jammu, Mar 13: Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari has been assigned the charge of Finance, Labour & Employment Departments in addition to his existing responsibilities.
“In pursuance of Rule 5 of the Jammu and Kashmir Government Business Rules and as an interim measure, I, Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir, do here by assign the charge of the Departments of Finance, Labour &Employment to Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari in addition to the Government Business already assigned to him,” said an order issued by the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu on Tuesday.
The order was issued is in partial modification of Order No: 427-GAD of 2018 dated: 12.03.2018 wherein the charge of the Finance, Labour & Employment departments was assigned to the Chief Minister.
Soon after, the government put in abeyance the Pay and Accounts Office System (P&AOS) till March 31, 2018
As per an order issued by the Finance Department “The implementation of Pay & Accounts Office System, rolled out vide Government Order No 43-F of 2018 dated 08-02-2018 is kept in abeyance till March 31st, 2018 in 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 stated further.
Up till now, Altaf Bukhari was heading Education Ministry, including School and Higher education departments. Bukhari headed R&B minister during the tenure of Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as the Chief Minister of present coalition government.
An agriculture graduate, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari represents Amira Kadal, constituency of Srinagar, in the state legislative assembly.