Contractors threaten protests if government fails to release ‘Rs 600 cr due payments’

SRINAGAR: Alleging the government of being insensitive towards the contractors, J&K Central Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCCC) Saturday warned of protest demonstrations at district levels starting this month in case government does not heed their demands.
The JKCCCC, in a statement issued here, said that Jammu and Kashmir government owes Rs 600 crore to the more than 70,000 contractors in J&K.
“Despite Chief Minister Omar Abdullah assured us on July 4 last year that the contractors Rs 600 crores liability will be cleared soon, but so far nothing has happened,” Farooq Ahmad Dar, JKCCCC’s General Secretary said in the statement.
Dar said that to protest government apathy, JKCCCC will stage protest demonstrations beginning from chief minister’s constituency in Ganderbal district.
“We have no other way than to go for the agitations. The Code of Conduct will be imposed soon in view of the forthcoming parliamentary elections. This will give government more excuses to deny our rights,” Dar said.
The JKCCCC also questioned the rationale adopted by the Finance Commission of India in granting developmental funds to J&K. “While as every year there is increase in funds allocation for other states J&K witnesses decrease which hits the infrastructural development which is already set on slow pace by the indifferent approach of the authorities here,” added Dar.