Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Electrical and Civil Contractors Association held a protest demonstration here on Wednesday to press for the release of long pending bills with the Power Development Department (PDD).
Chanting slogans against the concerned PDD department, protesters assembled in press enclave Srinagar and demanded immediate release of their payments. The protesting contractors blamed the concerned department of being “non-serious” in release of their bills.
The protesters said that they are electrical contractors working under Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme(R-APDRP) scheme launched by the government of India through PDD department for which a Kolkata based private company EMC Power Limited received the tender in the year 2014 and hired them (Contractors) to do the task of installing transformers, wiring and installation of other different electrical material.
The protesters said that the bill of completed works is pending in the department from last more than five weeks. They added that bill is being “tossed from table to table” in the concerned department.
Talking to Kashmir Reader Association President, Mohammad Iqbal Wani said that the concerned department is creating hurdle in release of their payments.
“The department is non-serious regarding the certification, release of our payments. We have already completed our work and even in some areas just 20 percent of the installation and wiring is incomplete which would be done after the release of our payments,” Wani said.
The protesters appealed the Governor administration to intervene in the matter.
They also threatened to uninstall power transformers and in case their payment is not released soon.