IRIPA strike disrupts ongoing Railway works

Members of Indian Railways Infrastructure Providers Association staging a protest at Sanchalan Bhavan in Secunderabad on Wednesday

Hyderabad: Members of the Indian Railway Infrastructure Providers Association (IRIPA) have been on an indefinite strike since August 20 protesting against the imposition of the GST.

The Association’s demands include reimbursement of additional burden imposed by the GST for the works tendered before July 1, 2017. The Association is also asking the government to bear the GST being the end service receiver for tenders after July 1, 2017.

The IRIPA alleged that reimbursement was given in all other sectors, including the subsidiaries of Indian Railways such as Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) and Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) but it has not been extended to the 6,500 odd railway contractors across the country.

The volume of works across the Indian Railways is about Rs one lakh crore and about Rs 4,000 crore worth works are underway in the SCR that were tendered before the implementation of GST. The IRIPA have been striking in 72 divisions in 16 zones.