Contractors protest, lock Govt offices

Contractors protesting at Samba on Wednesday. — Excelsior/Gautam
Contractors protesting at Samba on Wednesday. — Excelsior/Gautam

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA , Mar 7: Contractors Association of  district Samba staged a protest in front of office of Executive Engineer,  PWD Samba at DC Office Complex here against the R&B /PWD, Finance Department. The protest was led by Rajeev Sambyal and Sugreev Sambyal.
During the protest contractors alleged that the PWD ,R&B and Finance Department were not releasing the pending payments of the contractors . Raising slogans against the Finance Minister, PWD/R&B Minister they also locked the rooms of the XEN PWD and Treasury Office of the district Samba.
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Members of the Contractors Association said that the PWD/R&B is going to start the new system for releasing the payments in which there is no chance of wrong payment in other accounts and claim this new system is very fair.   In this regard they welcomed the new system known as Pays Account Office System but before launching this new system the department should clear the pending payment of contractors and then start the new system, otherwise contractors do not allow this system and launch agitation against the Department and against the Government.
They also warned the Government if they are not releasing their pending payment soon then they will come on roads and block the National Highway and Government will be responsible for the same.