SRINAGAR: Expressing solidarity with the protesting contractors who are on a hunger strike at Pratap Park Srinagar, the Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed has appealed government to clear the liabilities of contractors pending with various departments and also resolve their other grievances.
A party statement issued here said Rasheed on Sunday joined the protesting contractors and assured them of his support.
Speaking on the accession, Rasheed said, “It is legal duty of the government to release the amount of about 750 crores to clear the long pending work done claims of the contractors.”
MLA Langate said while government has every right to improve the functioning of departments but it cannot give sermons of morality and accountability to contractors without resolving their genuine issues. “The decisions regarding e-billing and other such related important directives issued by the government could have been in conducive atmosphere. While the operating of internet and mobile services is always at the mercy of security forces, the serious apprehensions of contractors cannot be overruled.”
He said the government before claiming to streamline the process of tendering and executing works must take a moral ground and clear all the pending liabilities with various departments.
“While state government has been making tall claims since past two years of getting eighty thousand crore package for the state from the Government of India, the contractors and the general masses have a right to know why is there is so much of financial crunch on the ground and work on most of the developmental projects is at halt for the want of funds.”
The AIP president added, “On one hand, local contractors who contribute much towards the economy of the state are forced to starvation but on the other hand, government is outsourcing all bigger projects and the rumours about throwing locals out of Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport have started surfacing.”
Rasheed said he has talked to the state government and the matter has been brought in the notice of the chief minister for immediate and concrete redressal.