Valley contractors threaten boycott of development works

YASIR ASHRAF

SRINAGAR: The Valley based contractors Friday alleged the Jammu and Kashmir Government has withheld the bills worth Rs 600 crore for the works completed by them in current fiscal.
They said the pending bill have put the contractor fraternity in a great financial stress, besides making it difficult for them to carry on with the developmental works in the state.
“We can’t carry this kind of burden, we are facing huge financial crunch and the liability of it lies on the government that is not releasing funds for the works carried by the contractors. The government has framed no policy for releasing these dues, even after they held meetings with us committing a time bound release of pending payments,” chairman J&K Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCC), Ghulam Jeelani Purza told Kashmir Reader.
Purza said the liabilities have piled up in the whole of the state and Roads and Building Department which carries most construction works in the state has also been overweighed with the liabilities.
“Our meetings with sate government officials and ministers bear no results, they have not released any bill for this year,” Purza said.
JKCCC threatened that they will go for strike and will boycott all the developmental works in the state if their pending bills are not cleared by the end of this fiscal.
However, the government officials claimed that whatever fund comes it is released and contested contractors’ claims that such amount of bills are pending.
“I don’t have information about the pending bills, and I don’t know which particular work has been done by these contactors as I don’t have exact figures. Whatever funds the government releases we pay it to the contractors,” Commissioner Secretary R&B, Tanveer Jehan told Kashmir Reader.

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