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    October 27, 2016



Contractors Association demands release of funds for ongoing projects

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: The president of All Government Contractors Association Chitral, Miraj Hussain Laal has demanded of the government to release the funds for the ongoing development schemes being executed by public works departments in Chitral to ensure their timely completion.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday flanked by other leaders of the association including Nasir Ahmed Khan, Baberud Din and others, he complained that the release of funds is pending with the provincial government’s finance department for the last one year adversely affecting the progress of development projects.

He said that more than one hundred projects had been started by the departments of communication and works (C&W) and irrigation during the last one year but only 2 million rupees were released against the required volume of more than Rs.200 million.

He said that most of the contractors have either completed their works or their works were on the verge of completion without drawing a single penny from the respective departments and are waiting for the clearance of their bills.

Mr. Laal alleged that the finance department releases the available funds to the native districts of the chief minister (Nowshera), finance minister (Lower Dir) and speaker of provincial assembly (Swabi) and the rest of the districts are being neglected altogether.

He warned the government that if their pending bills were not cleared within a fortnight time, then they have no option but to resort to stop the ongoing works on the sites and start a protest against the provincial government.


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