Srinagar, Jan 31 CNS : J&K Electrical Contractors Association held a protest demonstration here on Thursday to press for the release of their long pending bills with the Power Development Department.
Raising slogans against the Power Development Department, protesters assembled in Press Enclave Srinagar and demanded immediate release of their payments. The protesting contractors blamed the concerned department of being insensitive in release of their bills.
They said that they are working under Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme(R-APDRP) scheme launched by the government of India through PDD department for which a Kolkata based private company EMC Power Limited received the tender in the year 2014 and hired them (Contractors) to do the task of installing transformers, wiring and installation of other different electrical material.
The protesters said that the bills of completed works are pending in the department since long.
Mohammad Iqbal Wani, President J&K Electrical Contractors Association said that the power development department is creating unnecessary hurdles in release of their due payments and added that the department is non-serious to redress their grievances. He said that they have borrowed loans from banks and other financial institutions only after mortgaging ancestral, parental and other properties to which they have been paying a huge sum of interest and the loan amount have piled up manifold.
He also appealed Hon’ble Governor to intervene in the matter . He also threatened to uninstall all charged transformers in case their payment is not released fortwith.