Contractors intensify strike, demand release of payment

Contractors intensify strike, demand release of payment
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ARIF RASHID

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir central contractor’s coordination committee on Saturday held a protest demonstration here demanding the release of bills worth Rs 750 crore for the work done by them for different government departments.
“We are protesting against online billing system and our pending liabilities, we have complained to higher ups of several departments like Roads and Buildings department, irrigation department and even sought intervention of Ministers but no one is paying heed to our sufferings,” said protestors.
We have decided to boycott all the development works and tenders in the Kashmir from 27th February 2018, JKCCCC members said.
Farooq Ahmed Dar, JKCCCC General Secretary said that they are on protest from last 12 days and have boycotted all the development work due to non-release of pending payment by the government departments.”
“We will also start a hunger strike of 24 hours if the government fails to clear the pending bills of worth Rs 750 crore by then,” Dar said. “If the government wants to implement online billing system, let it be, but our pending bills should be cleared first.”
He further said that they have already held a meeting with Chief Minister and other government officials from the other departments on 22nd January. In the meeting, we were satisfied with the government decision. But now the government is showing a different attitude.”

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