‘Release nearly 700 crores of pending payments to contractors’
SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) on Friday castigated the PDP-BJP government in the state for “perpetuating a sense of chaos” in key public works departments.
“The continued misgovernance is evident in its (government’s) failure to release nearly 700 crores of pending payments to contractors,” NC said in a statement.
A party statement issued here said that senior NC leaders led by NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, party vice president Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan, district president Srinagar Peer Muhammad Afaq lashed out at government for “pushing the state into a paralysis mode on the governance front while breaking every single political promise that was made to the people in the now abandoned ‘Agenda of the Alliance’.”
The leaders were addressing a block convention of the party at Shalimar in Sonwar constituency on Friday.
Senior party leader Abdul Rahim Rather and party’s central zone president Ali Muhammad Dar have also hit out at the government for “being least bothered about the alarming situation as key departments continue to be locked down for more than ten days at a stretch due to the government’s failure to release a huge sum of pending payments”.
“The government should not have allowed such a huge sum of payments to be accumulated as a liability that it is now evidently least concerned to clear,” Sagar said.
“While the finance minister in his budget speech declared he has no liabilities, now we find out how nearly 700 crores of pending bills exist. This is yet another example of how this government is toying with the state on not only the political front but also on the governance front,” the NC general secretary said.
NC provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani said “almost 500 crores of these pending payments are from the last fiscal year while nearly 130 crores of these pending payments exist from works undertaken by the government in the aftermath of the 2014 floods”.
“It is unprecedented that key public works department offices have been locked down for almost ten days and the government is either least bothered or worse yet too arrogant to resolve this crisis,” he said. “This will also hamper various crucial works which have already been long delayed and mishandled by this government.”