JAMMU:- A spokesman of the Finance department has strongly refuted the statement of Chief spokesperson of PDP, Nayeem Akther alleging that contractors and suppliers have not been paid in time and the government owed them at least Rs. 1000 Crore in Kashmir Valley alone.
Describing the allegations as totally baseless, he said that the Government has been equitable in releasing the payments of contractors and suppliers as also in making payment of salaries and pensions. As of today, all the liabilities upto 31st December, 2012 stand cleared in respect of Contractors/ Suppliers and now there was a liability of Rs.32.35 crore on account of Contractor/ Firms , Rs. 4.57 crore in respect of Suppliers bills and nil in respect of Self Help Groups, outstanding in the treasuries.
During the past four months, an amount of Rs. 598.34 crore has been paid to Contractors/ Firms , Rs. 139.54 crore to the Suppliers and Rs 2.22 crore to Self Help Groups. So the liability of Rs. 1000 crore in respect of the Contractors of the Kashmir valley alone , as alleged in the statement of Mr. Nayeem Akhter, is totally baseless, malicious and without an iota of truth, as the aggregate outstanding liability on account of Contractors/ Suppliers bills, as on date, is only of the order of Rs 36.92 crore, across the State.
Be Part of Quality Journalism
Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.