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SRINAGAR: Various delegations today called upon the Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, to apprise him of their issues. The Civil Contractors Association delegation requested the Advisor for issuing instructions to the concerned department to release their pending payments worth of Rs 30 crore under SDRF for works done during 2014 floods. They further informed that the bills worth of Rs 350 crore for macadamization and civil works done during the year 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 are still pending.

The delegation also requested that there should be availability of funds in every NIT before execution of work. They also demanded that the contractors should be allowed to file their GSTs on quarterly basis instead of monthly. Later, a delegation of Shopkeepers and Salesmen from Batamaloo Bus Stand area also called on Advisor to seek their rehabilitation at a feasible place. The delegation members requested the Government to expedite the process of rehabilitation of around 200 people at a feasible place where they can restart their business units in the same fashion as they used to before their displacement from Batamaloo.

Unemployed Veterinary Doctors Association also called on the Advisor and apprised him with their issues. During the meetings, the Advisor assured everyone that adequate steps would be taken to redress the genuine grievances. He added that Government is concerned and is working to address the issues faced by the people at the earliest.