JKCCC continues to protest on ninth straight day, demand clearance of pending dues

Srinagar

The Valley-based contractors (JKCCC) who are on boycott from last 10 days for pending of dues have threatened to intensify their protest and to raise black flags on the construction works if their pending bills are not released.

The spokesman said Central Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCCC) are on boycott since February 27, against pending of Rs 750 Crore from the government.

The spokesman quoted the JKCCCC General secretary Farooq Ahmed Dar saying that “they would not budge until their pending dues are not released.”

Dar threatened to launch a 24-hour hunger strike from Feb 10 if the government continues to fail to clear the bills.

“The hunger strike call has been given to press for the release of pending bills worth Rs 750 crore,” Dar added.

While flaying the state government from backtracking from its promises, Dar said that they will hoist black flags on all developmental works but he hastened to add “it is not the last thing we can do to mark our protest.”

He said that they are not against the online system of Govt. Treasuries, but the present Situation in Kashmir is not favourable for the online system.

“We don’t believe in boycott politics, but we have no other option left. We are registering our protest to make our voice sound to officials,” General Secretary JKCCCC, Farooq Ahmad Dar said, added that they will not end boycott till Chief Minister or govt, will not give written assurance. Castigating government Dar said that it is doing nothing to solve the problems faced by the contractor community.

“We are on boycott of construction works and tenders, but the government still has not waked up,” Dar said.

The contractors said that they do not want sympathy from the government through words, but it should act practically.

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