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Contractors' bills will be settled soon: Udasi

Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE: C.M. Udasi, Minister for Public Works, has reportedly promised that the pending bills of all contractors in the State would be settled in a few months' time in a phased manner.

He is said to have told the contractors that he would impress upon the Union Government and also discuss the issue with Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, and arrange to clear the bills of contractors at the earliest.

A large number of contractors of Davangere district, led by the president of their association D. Basavaraj, met the Minister, who was here for a brief time on Sunday, and told him that over 50,000 contractors in the State had executed various projects worth Rs. 8,000 crore for different departments, including the Public Works, Rural Development, Urban Development and Irrigation.

Mr. Basavarj told the Minister that most of the contractors had carried out the works by borrowing from banks and private financiers at high rates of interest. Many contractors were unable to take up the works due to their poor financial conditions, which they attributed to non-receipt of payment by the Government. The contractors also said that they were not able to lead a decent life due to their financial stringency, even as some contractors had committed suicide for the same reason. He complained that several restrictions were being put to get the works sanctioned. The contractorsappealed to him to make a policy that the Land Army and the Nirmithi Kendras too participated in the tenders.

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