The Nagaland Timber Trader’s Union (NTTU) has reiterated its appeal to the state government and the forest department to relax imposition of tax on timbers at various check gates and to set up a forest check post in every district.
A press note issued by the Nagaland Timber Trader’s Union stated even after payment of transit permit (TP) to the DFO and Ranger, entry fees were being collected in the forest check gates by the personnel.
It appreciated the press release issued by the president of Peren district timber dealer’s association (PDTDA) highlighting the grievances of timber contractors and dealers in a local daily on March 13, 2009, the NTTU however said it would like to add that the line “subsequent payment to the Department in charge” or, for that matter, to forest officers did not arise as there was no subsequent payment except entry fees levied at check gates.
The union, on behalf of its unit, has extended apology for the inadvertent error which might have hurt the feelings of the department officer, and also lauded the NSCN (I-M) and GPRN/NSCN for assuring to “centralize” tax imposed on timber products and checking rampant taxation.
“Such gestures will go a long way in mitigating the plight of thousands of Naga families whose livelihood depend on timber and its products, directly or indirectly”, said the release, while urging the state government to streamline taxation imposed on timber as other organizations had also heeded to their appeal.