Srinagar,February 20, 2013: Business establishments in valley suffered losses to the tune of Crores of rupees after the suspension of internet services and imposition of curfew seven consecutive days. Mobile internet connectivity in the valley was suspended after the execution of Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru on February 9.
Various government agencies and contractors unable were unable to submit and receive tenders worth crores of rupees, said official sources.
They said the funds meant for Kashmir are being diverted to Jammu, thus pushing the valley back as far as progress and development is concerned.
General Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Central Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCCC), Farooq Ahmad Dar said that E-tenders worth crores of rupees slipped out of their hands after the government snapped the Internet services for a week’s time here.
“Following the execution of Guru on January 09, Internet services were snapped by Centre here. During this time, we could not submit our tenders online and lost contracts worth 10 crores of rupees. Besides, there are reports that contracts worth hundreds of crores of rupees have either been deferred or diverted to the Jammu region as the 2012-13 fiscal is nearing its completion,” Dar said.
“The E-tendering process has been ‘hectic and cumbersome’ for us since its inception in Kashmir. Despite the state government inviting tenders for contracts worth hundreds of crores, we could not apply even for a single one owing to the snapping of the internet services,” he added.
In the wake of the JKCCC failing to bag any prestigious contract in such a scenario, Dar informed that even the contracts within the Srinagar city slipped out of the JKCCC kitty. “Recently a tender worth rupees 11 lakhs under ITI3 was floated through the City Drainage system through the E-tendering process. After drawing no online applications, the contract was cancelled by the authorities,” he said.
“After failing to get any application for many days, a tender for contract worth rupees 33 lakhs was canceled by R&B Budgam recently. Similarly, following poor response, tenders worth rupees 4 were either cancelled or deferred by R&B Shopain and Pulwama. A tender worth rupees 70 lakhs met the similar fate in Ganderbal,” Dar lamented.
As funds meant for developmental works in Kashmir were diverted to Jammu region on previous occasions, Dar said that the money out of the canceled contracts may face the same fate as the completion of financial period is nearing here.
“Based on the reports from across the Valley, we lost contracts worth rupees 30 crores upto now. We don’t know whether the contracts may be retrieved to us or have been diverted to the Jammu region,” he concluded. (KNS)