Govt treasuries go dry for contractors,GPF claimants

Bills worth crores pending for want of money

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Dec 14: Belying tall claims of government on availability of funds, bills worth crores of rupees are pending at various treasuries in Kashmir. 
Highly placed sources told Greater Kashmir that not just the contractors’ payments, bills on account of GP Fund are also pending at the treasuries for want of funds.
Greater Kashmir talked to a number of claimants who complained that they were awaiting payments for weeks together yet the treasuries were not passing their bills.
“I have been doing rounds of Khanyar treasury for last more than a month as my GP Fund bill is gathering dust there for want of money. Everyday I am being told by the treasury officer that no MT (money transfer – an instrument representing the amount released by the government to the treasury) has been released by the government,” said Javid Ahmad.
“GP fund is the amount an employee saves so that at the time of need he/she could have it. But it is sad that we are being made to suffer even to get our own money,” he said.
“I had borrowed money from a kin for my daughter’s marriage. For last two months I have been continuously going to the treasury to get the payment so that I can repay the loan, yet to no avail,” rued a claimant.
Employees who talked to Greater Kashmir while acknowledging that the GP Fund bills were pending at various treasuries cited different excuses for not releasing the money.
While employees at some treasuries said they did not have the money to release to the contractors and GPF claimants, others said: “Our first priority is release of salary. When that is cleared only then money can be released under other heads.”
Interestingly, at some treasuries, according to sources, the salary bills were pending for past couple of weeks.
The contractors who talked to Greater Kashmir said that non-release of payments by the treasuries had made their position awkward.
“I have to pay a huge sum of money both to the suppliers and to my workers/labourers, who are pressing hard for the money. But I am not able to pay to them because my bills are pending for want of payment treasury Tankipora,” said a contractor wishing not to be named.
 “I have raised huge loan from the bank which entails high rate of interest. Since my bills are pending it is very difficult for me to deposit the instalment with the bank,” he said.
The contractors said every time they go to the treasuries, they are being asked “no money has come for the contractors.”
A contractor said, " At the time of execution of works, government shows much urgency. But when we complete the projects incurring huge expenditure, the government plays indifferent to our problems caused due to non release or delay in the release of payments."
He said when the treasuries delay payment, there should have been a rule to give interest on the amount delayed to the contractors or for that matter to any other claimant.
Repeated attempts to contact senior officials concerned of finance department to seek their comment proved futile.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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