The standard conditions contract a general contract binding on all contractors engaged in civil work projects. The terms and conditions are commonly applicable to all contractors and are not subject to variation through contractual dealings between the parties. The current conditions of contract is issued by the Ministry of works and urban development. The standard conditions govern matters like the responsibility of the contractor, powers and duties of the consultant/engineer and detailed procedures for effective performance of the contract according to the technical specifications. It also provides general rules regarding materials workmanship, general time provisions for commencement of work and delays, modification of contract, time and mode of payment for work done by the contractor etc..