Contractors Association demands immediate release of long pending payments

20/01/2022
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Jammu, Jan 19: S Balvinder Singh Gen Secretary J&K Contractors Co-ordination Committee while addressing the press conference flayed the Government and Finance Department in particular for a huge delay of about 06 months in clearing the bills for the works already completed under Languishing Projects scheme.
Several developmental works have been taken up under this project out of which so many works have been completed by the contractors and bills have been passed by the PWD offices and sent to Finance Department for payment after completing all requisite formalities such as Technical Sanction and Administrative Approval but for last 06 months, the Finance Department could not arrange funds for this prestigious projects, whosoever when contacted the Finance Department makes one or the other excuse but no clear commitment is made.
It is very strange and surprising that the Finance Department itself issued Circular with reference to Government Order OM No. F.1/1/2021 Dated 29-10-2021 on expenditure procurement policy categorically states in item No. 12 Para 12.1 reads- "aligning the interest of stakeholders" delay in eligible payment to contractors lead to delay in execution of projects and disputes. Hence, adhoc payments of not less than 75% of eligible running bills due stage/payment shall be made within 10 days of the submission of the bill by the contractor, the remaining payment is also to be made after final checking of the bills within 28 days. In case due payment has not been released within 10 working days as per prescribed above, it shall be made as soon as possible. After payment a written explanation for the delay shall be submitted to next higher authority within 03 months.
All present there urged upon the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to kindly intervene as all convcerned authorities has totally failed to address the most burning issues of the Contractor.

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