At last the inevitable has taken place. PDP sacked its one of the most non-political but powerful Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu for his plain talk on the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Drabu was instrumental in keeping the PDP-BJP coalition Dharma intact twice once during Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and second time when Mehabooba Mufti remained uncertain over the outcome of the ideologically different parties coalition. She kept the government formation delayed for a long time till the BJP extended assurance under Agenda of Alliance. Here also Drabu played a vital role. It was as State Finance Minister Drabu who had said he was seeing a silver-lining of conformity emerging on J&K’s fragmented political canvass for delineating a viable economic roadmap for the State while taking up of GST implementation. He aimed at bringing stabilisation in JK’s economy and reduce volatility for economic revival through enhanced investments, public expenditure and widening the net of socio-economic security. Dr Drabu had said the key structural reforms like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) are establishing mechanisms for efficient fiscal management besides enhancing transparency. He was a strong votary of J&K’s participation in GST implementation and was instrumental in getting large number of changes by way of reduction of rates, simplification of procedures and relaxation/extension in filing of returns to mitigate the difficulties of business fraternity. He also announced that the Pay and Accounts Office Systems will be rolled out in a few weeks and asserted that PAO system will be the biggest reform instrumental in rooting out corruption from the system, reduce public interface with the treasury staff and would bring transparency. Not only this as Finance Minister Drabu also introduced many welfare initiatives for employees especially with the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations from April 1, 2018, which will be effective from 1st January, 2016. Besides, this release of 1 per cent Dearness Allowance due to the employees from 1st July, 2017 was also announced in the Budget Proposals 2018-19.What Drabu has said if seen from a different perspective would make some sense as the Jammu and Kashmir issue tagged as a political one has failed to bring out any solution till date for the last seven decade. Can we see any new equation emerging in Jammu and Kashmir as far as politics is concerned?
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