Valley contractors’ protest, demand release of pending payments

 

Srinagar, Mar 4: Central Contractors Coordination Committee Sunday held a protest demonstration at Lalchowk Srinagar against the government’s failure to release their bills which are pending with various departments.
Central Contractors Coordination Committee Sunday held a protest demonstration at Lalchowk Srinagar.
Scores of contractors assembled at Lalchowk park here and march towards Ghanta Ghar(Clock Tower).The protest demonstration was led by its J&KCCCC General Secretary Farooq Ahmad Dar in which contractors from various Departments participated.
The contractors were demanding clearance of bills which they claimed were pending with the government.
“We appeal the government to clear the pending bills till we will boycott all tenders and developmental projects Farooq Ahmad Dar, JKCCC General Secretary said, adding that their repeated pleas to the authorities concerned in this behalf had fallen on deaf ears.
Accusing the government of being insensitive towards them, Dar lamented that ‘injustice’, is being meted out to more than 70,000 Valley-based contractors.
He alleged that Rs 750 crore of Contractors is still pending with the government from last so many years
“We have spent crores of rupees on maintenance and up gradation on Development works, but till date, no funds have been released”, Dar alleged.
He said most of the contractors had taken loans even from private persons as well as financial institutions with hefty interest rates but with the dilly-dallying approach of the Government in clearing their pending dues, they are forced to pay the interests unnecessarily,
The demanding immediate release of the claims, he said why the contractors should bear the loss due to the negligence of engineers and politicians, who force them to complete the work without arranging the required funds in advance.
It has been so many years but bills worth crores of rupees of contractors are pending thereby forcing them to ‘indefinitely suspend’ works on all major developmental works in Kashmir.
The contractors said they have decided not to carry any development works from Feb.27 until the pending bills are cleared. “We will not carry development works until Government clears the liabilities.