Drabu was made J&K's finance minister by late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed after the PDP formed an alliance with BJP following the 2014 state elections. Drabu played an instrumental role while negotiating the terms and conditions of the agenda of the alliance.
Haseeb Drabu said the GST cannot be implemented directly in the state as it has its own constitution. “... the state’s own GST will be put before the Assembly and it will be passed. After that, the GST regime will become operational in Jammu and Kashmir.’’
The package was part of a legacy — after the devastating floods, the previous government had submitted a package of Rs 44,000 crore. A reassessment by the World Bank pointed out that the package was of Rs 21,000 crore.