Police foils contractors’ protest march

Police foils contractors’ protest march

SRINAGAR: J&K Central Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCCC) on Sunday threatened to launch a 36-hour hunger strike from May 03, if government failed to release their pending bills.
In a statement, the committee said that police foiled their protest march and detained dozens of them after they tried to move towards Sadar treasury to lock it.
The protesting contractors accused that bills worth Rs 900 crore have been pending with the various departments since the start of the current financial year.
They alleged that due to the pending amount, the developmental works across Kashmir valley have been badly affected.
“Our bills worth Rs 900 crore are pending with Government departments which are not released for unknown reasons. They are doing sheer injustice with us,” said Farooq Ahmad Dar, General Secretary JKCCCC.
The agitating contractors also threatened to come on roads and forcibly lock all the treasuries if their payment was not released. “Government is leaving us with no option but to come on road and take harsh steps” Dar said.
Dar threatened to launch 36 hours hunger strike from May 3 if the government continued to turn a blind eye towards the problem and fail to clear the bills.
Accusing government of being indifferent to their “genuine” demands JKCCCC also threatened to stop work on all developmental projects and boycott tenders.
“If our demands are ignored, we will stop work on all developmental projects and boycott all tenders from that date,” Dar said.​