Scores of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) contractors on Wednesday held a protest at press enclave Srinagar demanding immediate release of work done payments.
The protesting contractors under the banner of JKTDC raised pro- justice slogans and demanded immediate release of pending payments. They said that during the 2014 floods they worked day and night and till now they have not been paid and don’t know the reason for the delay in their payments.
A contractor Riyaz Ahmad Qadri told Rising Kashmir that former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti released their funds, but their department has failed to release the same.
“Unfortunately, this is only happening in Kashmir. Kashmiri contractors are working tirelessly, but are not getting work done payment on time,” he said.
Qadri said that they approached concerned authorities to release their payments. “They promised to release our payment in days. But several years have gone by, and our wages have still not been paid,” he said.
Accusing the authorities of deceiving them, Qadri said, “that the management has forced us to take to the streets.”
The protesting contractors further said that they would continue their peaceful demonstration till their payments are released.
“Releasing our long pending payments will relieve our families from difficulties,” they said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation association members appealed Lt Governor led administration to release their work done payments as early as possible.