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KCCI to go ahead with business closure
DIMAPUR, MAR 30 (NPN):
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Published on 31 Mar. 2009 1:40 AM IST
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Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) has informed that the proposed closure of shops within Kohima town on March 31 from 6 a.m to 6 p.m would continue in order to register protest against several grievances faced by the trading community. KCCI general secretary K.Chris Kire, clarified that call was not a “bandh” but a one-day token closure of shops as a solidarity extended voluntarily by the business community and shop owners. Pharmacies would remain open and there would be no restriction on movement of pedestrians and motor vehicle. It also thanked the various organizations for extending their support to the KCCI. KMC The Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) while extending support to the KCCI closure of shops in the state capital regretted that tax collection has been categorized under “extortion”. KMC convenor, market & slaughter house committee, Neilaselie Kire said KMC was only implementing the Nagaland Municipal Act to levy tax goods brought into the Municipal area use or sale with different rates specified for different types of goods. It said as per the act, all commodities were taxable though it only taxed few perishable goods. KMC clarified that the coupon system was in practice since the inception of KTC and not a new concept. However, it said the tender system was revoked with a view to introduce a new system and in the interest of the public in general and business community in particular.KMC also pointed out that the survival of any municipality largely depended on taxes to facilitate itself to serve the people and the city it represented. KDCC Meanwhile the Kohima District Congress Committee (KDCC) in a joint statement issued by its president Prasielie Pienyu and general secretary (Adm) Viseyienuo Keretsü, while supporting the KCCI protest closure on March 31 has lambasted the DAN government and district administration for a “ lackadaisical attitude” that had “given undue advantage to the anti-social elements” preying on the business community and public of Kohima. Slamming the DAN leaders of giving more priority to “the treasure hunt” than in addressing the plight of the public, the KDCC charged the DAN government and the state machinery of failing to contain the law and order situation in Kohima and its peripheral areas. Further the KDCC also appealed to public to extend cooperation and solidarity with the KCCI for a genuine cause and for the success of the protest closure call.

 
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