Baramulla treasuries dry, claimants cry

Greater Kashmir

Sources said it is not just the contractors who are at the receiving end, the pensioners and employees awaiting GPF payment are also suffering due to non-availability of the funds.

The treasuries in Baramulla district are running dry with total liabilities at 11 treasuries in the district touching Rs 70 crore. The worst affected, according to reports, are the pensioners and contractors. 

According to reports, the total liability in 11 district treasuries has reached to Rs 70 crore under different sectors.

 

The contractors on Thursday had forced closure of the treasury office Baramulla for at least one hour and had allowed functioning in the treasury only after the local administration intervened. Later, the contractors had called on Deputy Commissioner Baramulla apprising him about their plight.

 

Sources said it is not just the contractors who are at the receiving end, the pensioners and employees awaiting GPF payment are also suffering due to non-availability of the funds.

 

The liability pending on account of GPF, according to sources, has reached to Rs 40 lakh.

 

"I have applied for GPF release to pay for the medical bills of my father who has been operated in New Delhi. However, despite it being my money, I have to virtually beg before the authorities for its release,” Fayaz Ahmad, an employee said. 

 

He added: “My case has not been cleared till date. I have been forced to borrow the money from a private moneylender," he said. The position of claimants under Indra Awas Yojna is no different. “The total liability under IAY has reached to Rs 67 lakh,” sources said.

 

The Anganwari workers are also among the suffering lot. “Liability on account of Anganwari bills is around Rs 4 crore,” source said.