ITANAGAR, May 7: The All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) on Tuesday demanded complete lifting of the prohibition on realizing government cheques from the banks.
Speaking to media persons at Arunachal Press Club here, AACWA president Nabam Akin Hina said several sub-contractors are facing untold miseries after
the state government put a restriction on realizing government cheques.
Owing to the election model code of conduct being in place, the government put a restriction on cashing of government cheques not exceeding Rs 5 lakhs, through an order it issued on 15 April. The order has drawn flak from all quarters, especially the contractors’ association, which is protesting the order and demanding early lifting of the restriction.
On 28 April, an AACWA delegation called on the chief secretary and apprised him of the need to lift the restriction.
After the protest from the association, the government relaxed the order by increasing the realizable amount of government cheques from Rs 5 lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs. It informed that the validity of the government cheques issued by the works and the forest department divisions on or before 28 March has been extended to 30 June.
Welcoming the partial relaxation of restriction on government cheques payment, Hina said, “We do appreciate that the government has partially relaxed the restriction on government cheques. However, we want complete lifting of the restriction as many contractors and their families are facing financial burden as the new academic sessions of colleges and schools are about to start.”