Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh was not paying the contractors their dues despite several court orders, former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu said here on Tuesday.
Harassing contractors by not paying their bills was unfair, and the attitude of Jagan government was resulting in industrialists unwilling to invest in the state and contractors not coming forward to take up development works, he observed.
Chandrababu also alleged that a contractor by name Ranjit in Eluru had even attempted suicide when he was not paid his dues after repeated requests, and demanded that Ranjit should be provided with medical services. Also, SC, ST and BCs were in majority among those who worked for development of villages and it was a shame that the government was trying to
torment them, he added.
The state government had so far evaded payment of as much as Rs.80,000 crore to contractors and due to non-payment of bills, no contractor was willing to submit bids, he stated. He urged the contractors not to resort to suicides as the TDP would take up their cause and fight till
the `last paisa’ was paid to them.
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