Jammu and Kashmir Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCCC) has threatened to stage demonstrations and lock down offices of all divisions of R & B, PHE, I&FC, Housing in case the authorities failed to release the due payments of contractors before August 5 this year.
The JKCCC General Secretary Farooq Ahmed Dar in a Press conference has said that the promises made by former Government regarding on-time payment of the bills proved false.
“If payments are not made till August 5, we will lock down offices of all Developmental works Offices,” Dar said.
Dar further said that some of the contractors had taken loan both from financial institutions with hefty interest rates and with the delay in the release of their payments by the government they were suffering huge financial loss as interest.
“The withholding of the massive funds (owing to the paucity of funds in Treasury Department) is heavily telling on us. We warn the government to release the pending bills immediately or face the music,” general secretary JKCCCC Farooq Dar, said.
“The tall government claims of keeping funds fall from grace from the fact that it owes us bills worth crores are pending. Such an astronomical amount would make any organization come on roads,” Dar said.
Dar warned the government if the work done liabilities of the contractors were not released at the earliest they would be forced to stop all the ongoing developmental works and would not allow Government to lay the foundation stone of any unapproved work till the old liabilities of the contractors were not released.