STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: Former Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Thursday urged the Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu to clear liabilities of contractors, who earnestly redeveloped almost whole of the infrastructure of Jammu and Kashmir, especially after 2014 floods. In a statement issued here, the former minister observed that the works, for which the claims of contractors are being projected, are duly allotted by different departments and have undergone scrupulous physical verification as ordered by previous Governor led administration in J&K. “All the governments work in continuity. A sheer change in dispensation does not necessarily change or stop functioning of incumbent regimes. So, fulfilling the commitments made by previous governments is one of the important mandates of present dispensation. Clearing liabilities of contractors, which is pegged at around Rs 500 crore, is one of such commitments made by successive governments including last Governor led administration in J&K,” Bukhari added. The former minister said that around 30,000 contractors had reposed their trust in previous governments and worked tirelessly for re-developing and revamping of shattered infrastructure in J&K especially post 2014 floods. He said that flood ravaged infrastructure of essential sectors in both divisions of Jammu and Kashmir like PWD, Education, healthcare, PDD, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and so on were made functional again with the help of these contractors. “It is highly unfortunate that these contractors are still being unceremoniously kept moving from pillar to post to get their payments cleared by the government. I call upon the Lieutenant Governor to intervene into the matter and address genuine grievances of this important section of the society,” Bukhari demanded. The former minister appealed to the Lieutenant Governor to release funds for clearing liabilities before commencement of new financial year, to enable these contractors to repay their debts and loans availed from various banks on compound interests.
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