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Contractors boycott state tenders in Chhattisgarh; nationwide problem, says govt

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The Chhattisgarh Contractors Association is boycotting tenders floated by the state authorities until May 30, saying that there’s a steep distinction within the charges issued within the tenders and market costs, making the contracts unviable.

“With the sudden inflation in prices, contractors are in heavy debt trying to complete the projects they have,” stated Biresh Shukla, state president of the association. According to the contractors, there’s an over 60 per cent distinction within the charges.

While sources stated the boycott is affecting tenders value Rs 200 crore, the federal government stated the problem isn’t restricted to only Chhattisgarh. “This is a national-level issue owing to incessant inflation in prices of steel, cement and other raw materials. The association has been advised to present instances of remedial/relief measures undertaken by other state governments. We are committed to infrastructure development and will consider the demands in right earnest,” a authorities assertion stated.

Sources stated the federal government is exploring choices to write down to the central authorities for a pan-India policy-level intervention.

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The association referred to as for the boycott final week after a number of conferences with authorities officers and dignitaries. The association has now sought time to fulfill Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

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On Tuesday, association members met with the chief engineer of the Public Works Department. “I request the government to look into the way the Gujarat government has helped their contractors. We would like a loan from the government to save us from financial burden to be able to work and take new tenders,” Shukla stated.

Another demand is for unified norms throughout departments. “Currently each construction work comes with its own rules and limitations. We want all departments to work under the same guidelines,” Shukla informed the media.


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