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Contractors call-off 18-day strike

The Kashmir-based contractors today called off their strike on the assurance of finance minister Syed Altaf Bukhari that all possible efforts are being made to release their due payments.
General secretary, J&K Central Contractors’ Coordination Committee (JKCCCC), Farooq Dar told Greater Kashmir that the strike was called off “after we were called by the finance minister for a meeting to be held at SKICC on Saturday morning.
“The minister assured that all possible efforts are being made to release our due payments.”
Dar said they have urged the government to release Rs 750 crore pending payments even if it is done in a phased manner.
“We are looking forward to the meeting with the finance minister tomorrow and hope all our issues will be resolved,” he said.
“On his (minister’s) asking, we have called off the strike and also opened up the gates of the Engineering Complex and all other offices across the Valley which we had locked earlier,” Dar said.
“We have asked the finance minister to do away with the PAO system completely, instead of just deferring it, as we believe this system won’t be a success in the state,” he said.
The contractors said the government should immediately release all pending payments. “For works undertaken during 2014 floods, the government has so far released only 50 percent funds. For works undertaken in 2017 only 15 percent payments have been made,” they said.

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