Srinagar, Dec 28: The civil contractors in Kashmir Thursday cautioned the government with dire consequences if the discrimination towards the Kashmir based contractors is not stopped.
JKCCCC General Secretary, Farooq Ahmad Dar as per the statement issued to KNS said that it is high time for the government to release the pending liabilities worth 250crore.
The apex body of the contractors—J&K Central Contractors Coordination Committee—during the press conference said that they are not against on line system of Govt Treasuries, but the intention of state Government are not clear to this issue
Dar criticized the government for waging a war against the Valley based contractors whose condition could not have turned worse than the way they were made to crave for a single penny.
“The bills of hundreds of contractors working with different departments of the State have not been cleared.
Dar said bills worth Rs 250 crore of the contractors were pending with the government,
He accused Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu for deliberately creating the financial crunch to ‘keep Govt of India in good humor’.
Contractors said that the pendency would hit the ongoing development projects hard and all the projects will come to screeching halt.
“The present government has become a nuisance for economic development of Kashmir region….Just to keep their bosses in Delhi happy they are focusing much on Jammu region.
He said despite the completion of works certificate allotted to the contractors by the departments including Finance, Planning and Works in time, hundreds of bills are pending with the government.
Accusing government of being indifferent to their “genuine” demands, Dar threatened to stop work on all developmental projects and boycott tenders.
He issued an ultimatum of Jan 22 to the government asking it to address their problems, or else “we will stop the work on all developmental projects and boycott tenders.” (KNS)