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NTTU plea on taxes
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Jun. 2009 1:14 AM IST
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Burdened with irregular taxation from the various factions as well as the state government, the Nagaland Timber Traders’ Union (NTTU) has resolved to pressurize the respective governments to reduce the taxes and also decided to suspend the movement of timber from the jungle with effect from July 5 until the taxation problem was solved. This was the first point resolution adopted by the NTTU during its executive meeting along with district in-charges and office bearers held at the Tourist Lodge, Dimapur on Saturday. The NTTU also resolved to pressurize the state government to take up steps to allow the transportation of timber by road outside the northeastern region. It urged the Nagaland government to negotiate with the respective state governments and facilitate the transportation of timber by road outside northeast without any conditions. At present, timber is transported by train outside the state only once in three months, which the timber traders say is deficient. The NTTU in its last point resolution also decided to pay only “central tax.” It described the central tax as having to pay only single tax per trip of timber to the respective factions including the state government. The NTTU alleged that they were taxed at least six times in a single trip by the same organization or government at different places while they transport timber. In this regard, the NTTU said it would take up the issue if there was any other tax other than central tax. It was pointed out that the state government’s earlier assurance to look into illegal taxation at various check gates were not implemented.

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