Contractors seek governor’s intervention

ITANAGAR, May 16: The All Arunachal Contractors’ Welfare Association (AACWA) has sought the governor’s intervention in addressing the problems faced by the contractors due to the ban on government transactions.
In a memorandum to the governor, the association on Thursday requested him to instruct the chief secretary (CS) to immediately lift the ban to ensure smooth financial transactions in banks, treasuries and sub-treasuries.
“The CS lifted the ban on financial transactions up to Rs 10 lakhs only on 7 May,” the association said. It said that, according to the CS’ office, the ban has been imposed due to the implementation of model code of conduct (MCC), “whereas most of the projects were awarded before the implementation of the MCC for the simultaneous elections.”
The association said that, as per the MCC manual issued by the Election Commission of India, under Clause 5.2 of Sub-clause 5.2.1, Serial Number (VII) (D), there shall be no bar on releasing funds for the completed portion of any work, subject to observance of the laid-down procedure and concurrence from the finance department.
“There is no such type of ban during the ongoing election process in other states,” the association added.
In another representation, the association sought clarification from the chief electoral officer on the MCC implementation in connection with the ban on government financial transactions.