LAHORE - Following the Secretary Finance Punjabs directives, the payment of around Rs 2.5 billion for development projects has been stopped, which has prompted a swift response from the govt contractors as they are all set to move the court today (Tuesday). The Finance Department has not received any cheque after June 25, which has resulted in great difficulties for the contractors because they are unable to pay their dues. Moreover, their cheques have also started bouncing; resulting in registration of cases against them but the department is assuring them of full payment in next financial year. According to a representative of contractors, Punjab govt do not have any funds as the allocations made for development purposes are spent under other heads while even the salaries of work charge are also not paid. They are of the view that the cheques submitted on June 18 are yet to be paid, saying they are wondering how would they receive the billion of rupees for the schemes completed after the aforementioned date, which include both development and repair projects. When contacted Federation of Punjab Contractors Associations President Habib Kanwal said they had failed to contact provisional Finance Minister Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, Chief Minister Nasir Mehmood Khosa and the Secretary Finance despite repeated attempts. Therefore, some of their colleagues had decided to move the court. Lahore Contractors Association President Gogi Butt claims that the contractors in Lahore are waiting for the payment of Rs 950 million while the amount reaches to billion of rupees for the whole province.