With Rs 1k Crore Held Up, Military Engg Contractors To Go On Strike

Private contractors attached to Military Engineering Services (MES) will be holding a daylong strike on February 1 and then later indefinitely too if their payments, which have been withheld since 5-6 months, are not made. “The organization has run out of funds leaving a backlog of at least Rs1,000 crore,” they say, adding that the delay is “unusual”.
According to rough calculations put up by the MES Builders’ Association of India, the total dues are for the entire country. MES is the wing of the army which takes up construction of civil works in the defence areas.

Contractors say that they have been informally told that MES has run out of funds. MES gets an allocation in the form of maintenance funds. The funds have been exhausted by October-November depending on the stations. At this point, there is nothing to spare for the contractors till a fresh allocation is made in the new fiscal. Read More…

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