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JammuContractors Suffer Financial Burden Due to Delay in Online Payments by PWD

Contractors Suffer Financial Burden Due to Delay in Online Payments by PWD

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Ajay Sharma

Reasi, September 26

Contractors working with the Public Works Department (PWD) Division in Reasi are facing significant inconvenience due to deliberate delays in the online payments and for the technical snags in uploading the bills. This situation has left many contractors struggling to meet their financial obligations and has even discouraged some from taking on new projects.

Couple of contractors expressed their frustration with the current payment system, citing a lack of timely bill uploads and a slow response from field staff, including Junior Engineers (JEs), as the primary reasons behind the delays in payment.

While contractors have refrained from directly blaming any specific individual or group, they asserted that the responsibility for the delay in payments lies with the administrative and technical processes involved in the online payment system. The contractors argue that these issues have led to a ripple effect, causing substantial financial hardships.

“Many contractors have taken loans from banks to fund their ongoing projects and are now facing the burden of repaying these loans, coupled with interest,” said contractors, adding that the delays in payments have disrupted their financial planning and put them at risk of further financial strain.

Despite their grievances, the contractors have acknowledged that the government has been cooperative in addressing their concerns. However, they firmly believe that the newly implemented online payment system is cumbersome and plagued by delays due to technical glitches, which is adversely affecting their financial stability.

Contractors have requested the intervention of the Lieutenant Governor (LG) and the Principal Secretary. They argued that the non-functional website and payment delays are causing unnecessary hardships for them and have urged the authorities to take immediate action to rectify the situation.

The delay in online payments has also had a negative impact on the construction industry in the region. Many contractors have reportedly halted applying for new projects due to concerns that delayed payments could damage their financial stability.

 

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