Police arrested dozens of protesting members of Jammu and Kashmir central contractor’s coordination committee (JKCCCC), here in press colony to foil their ‘Secretariat Gharao’ program on Wednesday.
JKCCCC had called for ‘Secretariat Gharao’ to press for their demand of payment of their ‘pending bills’ of more than Rs 7000 crores.
Alleging the government owes it pending bills worth Rs 700 Crores, the JKCCCC members appeared in the press colony raising anti government slogans.
As soon as they proceeded towards Lal Chowk, a large contingent of police swung into action and bundled dozens of protesters in their vehicles. Raising anti government slogans for some time the remaining JKCCCC members later on dispersed peacefully.
“The withholding of the massive funds (owing to paucity of funds in Treasury Department) is heavily telling on us. We warn the government to release the pending bills immediately or face music,” JKCCCC patrons said.
They accused government of being insensitive to its demands.
“The tall government claims of keeping funds fall from grace from the fact that it owes us bills worth Rs 700 crores are pending. Such an astronomical amount would make any organization to come on roads,” they said.
“We don’t understand that despite completing the developmental works on time why the government is delaying our payments. We warn it (government) that prolonged insensitivity towards 70,000 contractors be stopped,” they added.