Contractors set to boycott Sabarimala work

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Sep 13, 2017, 1:20 am IST
Updated Sep 13, 2017, 1:20 am IST
Ten days after the death of Augustine, another contractor, Santhosh Kumar of Kottimanoor house, Karavoor, Piravanthoor, committed suicide.
Devotees at Sabarimala.
 Devotees at Sabarimala.

KOLLAM: The pilgrimage to Sabarimala this season may not be smooth for lakhs of devotees as the government contractors have decided to boycott works in connection with the pilgrim centre.  This is in protest against authorities’ failure to take action against the culprits behind the suicide of two contractors in Kollam last month. The all-Kerala government contractors association will lay a siege to the Pathanapuram block office on September 18 demanding action against an assistant engineer allegedly involved in the suicide of contractor Santhosh Kumar there.

“The officials abetted the contractors’ suicide by stalling their funds. We will continue with the strike until the authorities act. So far, we have boycotted tenders worth Rs 350 crore by the government departments,” said  Mr P. Pradeep, association district secretary.

The suicides

Two contractors committed suicide in the district within a span of two weeks owing to the apparent denial of payment by the authorities. A. Augustine alias Benoy, 43, of Mattathil house, Aryankavu, class-A contractor with the PWD, was found hanging inside his office at  Aryankavu on August 15. The district administration had allegedly failed to sanction two bills of  Rs 59 lakh  for the works done by him. He also owed `7 lakh  under the river management fund for which he had approached the Kollam collectorate for over seven months. 

Ten days after the death of Augustine, another contractor, Santhosh Kumar of Kottimanoor house, Karavoor, Piravanthoor, committed suicide allegedly due to delay in the payment for  a concrete road under flood works. The contractors blame an assistant engineer with the Pathanapuram block panchayat for abetting his suicide as he had  allegedly denied him the  bills for the works completed eight months back.

Location: India, Kerala




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