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Truckers’ strike:DC Dimapur, DMC, DCC assure
Published on 21 Jun. 2009 1:15 AM IST
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A day after the All Assam Truck Owners’, Drivers’ and Handymen Association decided to stop all goods carrying trucks to Nagaland from June 20, DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier, assured public that the district administration along with police were monitoring the situation closely. He told Nagaland Post that a Special Task Force was constituted and deployed all over Dimapur to ensure that no truck entering or passing through Dimapur was harrased at any point. The DC also said he was in constant touch with his Karbi Anglong counterpart and was assured of full cooperation to ensure full security for trucks up to Lahorijan transporting various commodities to Dimapur and other parts. SP Dimapur Lirimo Lotha also told Nagaland Post that SP Diphu K.K Sharma has assured that security would be provided to trucks till Lahorijan. Additional SP, VZ Angami also said that the police earlier assured to provide security to the Assam truckers but that they had refused. DMC appeals Describing the indefinite ‘Chakka Jam’ called by the All Assam Truckers’ Union, as a cause of great concern not just for Nagaland but for Manipur,DMC chairperson Khekaho Assumi cautioned traders and the business community in Dimapur to adhere to the prevailing market rate and also not to push up prices by causing artificial scarcity due to the bandh. In a statement, Khekaho also said the genuine cause of the truckers needs to be addressed through concerted efforts of the local and state governing bodies, the Chambers of Commerce, hohos and NGOs so as to rein in various illegal unions and associations that have mushroomed across Dimapur during the past few months. He also said the need of the hour was for those groups to show “leniency as far as taxation in Dimapur was concerned” as the ultimate victim was the common man. Khekaho informed that the DMC Rate Control Department and the Essential Commodities Department were already on the job so as to ensure that prices were under control. Further, he requested the public not to be alarmed but refrain from panic-buying as that would further aggravate the situation and encourage illegal hoarding. DCC Meanwhile the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce (DCC) assured the public that there was sufficient stock of essential commodities to last for few weeks. DCC president, Z. Kasheto Yepthomi in a statement also appealed to public against resorting to panic buying or hoarding of essential commodities as they could lead shortage of all commodities. The DCC also urged all shopkeepers against taking undue advantage of the situation by pushing up prices through causing artificial crisis. Kasheto also disclosed that the matter has been highlighted to the administration. He further appealed to the striking Assam truck owners’ association and its subsidiaries to reconsider their decision as the failure to revoke the strike would lead to suffering of the general public. The DCC also appealed the strikers to permit other trucks coming from other states to Nagaland.

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