Contractors Threaten to go on Strike

Published on: 12 Feb, 2015
Published under: General Kerala News, Kozhikode District News, Politics News Kerala

The Goverment contractors of Uthara Meghla Samara Samithi of the All Kerala Government Contractors Association has threaten to go on stike.

Goverment contractors from six districts would take out a march to the office of the Superintending Engineer of the Kozhikode Public Works Department on Feburary 18, against the apathy of the State government in paying the arrears to contractors for works completed in the past several years.

They would also stage a symbolic suicide strike on the occasion, association State organising secretary K.M. Akbar, Kozhikode district president P. Chandran Mokeri, and secretary K.M. Vijayakumar said at a press conference here on Wednesday.

They demanded that the State government repay all the arrears for the contract jobs done at the Departments of Water Resources and Public Works and withdraw the draconian rules against contractors. The total arrears to the contractors had exceeded Rs.2,600 crore now.

They said that the financial discipline exercised by Departments of Finance and Public Works during the previous kerala government helped curb corruption to a great extent and contractors got payment for works completed. The attitude of a section of officials of both the departments had resulted in the present state of affairs, Mr. Akbar said.

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