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C'garh: Contractors to go on indefinite strike from Saturday

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

recognised contractors in will go onan indefinite strike from tomorrow demanding to exemptthe construction works tenders allotted prior to July 1 (2017) from the Goods and Services (GST).

They have also demanded to bring down the slab of 18 per cent on construction works to 5 per cent.

"on tenders allotted before July 1 is not acceptable to the contractors, nor the 18 per cent slab proposed for the construction works.

"To protest this, the (recognised) contractors have decided to suspend all the ongoing construction works across the state from tomorrow and go on indefinite strike," Biresh Shukla, President of Contractors Association (CCA) told reporters here today.

The association wants the bear the burden of implemented on construction works sanctioned before July 1 and not the contractors, he said.

construction works worth Rs 10,000 crore allottedbefore the implementation of is underway in the state.

Earlier, the agreement rate was finalised based on 2 per cent sales Now if 18 per cent will be imposed on these works, the contractors would have to suffer an additional burden of around Rs 1,800 crore thereby causing a huge loss to them, Shukla said.

Hence, either the state or the Centre should bear this additional burden, he said.

He further claimed that contractors were not consulted even once before fixing the rate for construction works before its implementation and demanded that the slab on the construction works should be brought to 5 per cent from the proposed 18 per cent.

The CCA has also raised several other demands including to control the increasing prices of minor minerals like sand, gitti (metal stone) and murum after the implementing the new rate, he added.

"The contractors are facing serious problem after the implementation of and if our demands are not fulfilled, we will boycott the tenders floated for new construction works," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, August 11 2017. 19:22 IST