Contractors demand clearance of pending bills

Contractors demand clearance of pending bills
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Rayees Magray

Srinagar: Hundreds of contractors on Sunday held a protest against the non-clearance of pending bills and introduction of new financial measures in allotment of contracts.

Talking to the Kashmir Reader, President Contractor’s Central Coordination Committee Farooq Ahmed Dar said, “The new financial measures introduced by the government should launch next year when all the liabilities and pending bills under the previous system have been cleared”.

We have bills worth Rs 350 crore pending with various departments, but the government is least bothered about their clearance”, he added.

He further added that neither there has been any provision provided for clearness of liabilities nor any breathing space is being introduced to streamline the system.

“We are being deprived of our livelihood and compelled to borrow money as our finances are depleting,” a group of contractors added.

Dar further added that it will impact the livelihood of thousands of workers involved directly or indirectly with the system if the previous liabilities are not paid at earliest.

The new measures should not be implemented until the system is established after fixing all the modalities, they demanded.

“We will dismantle whole of work which we have constructed in past if our demands not met,” Dar added.

These contractors a few days ago had threatened to lock different associated departments including PHE, Flood Control and Irrigation, R&B if the government fails to clear their pending bills.