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NGRC - I CU supports Truckers’ strike
Published on 22 Jun. 2009 1:02 AM IST
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Clearly indicating that rampant illegal tax collections and extortions in and around Dimapur had crossed all bounds, the the Nagaland Government Registered Class- I Contractors’ Union (NGRC – I CU) declared that “Enough is enough,” while coming out in open support of the Truckers’ strike (Chakka Jam) called by the Bokajan Truck Owners’ Association (BTOA).Interestingly,even the Nagaland Voluntary Consumer Organisation (NVCO)has expressed support to the stand of the NGRC-I CU. According to Members of NGRC I CU in a faxed statement , the decision to support the strike currently in progress, was taken during its general body meeting held on Saturday at Hotel Japfu, Kohima on the issue of illegal tax collection and extortion in the state and to discuss about the action plan for the second phase to fight against extortion. “… We cannot allow the miscreants to ruin our land as the land of illegal collection of taxes and extortion and therefore, the Union has come out openly to support the Chakka Jam,” the contractors said adding it was a part of their second phase of action in fighting against illegal collection of taxes and extortion in the state. The NGRC-I CU said it had submitted a representation to the state government, copies of which were also given to the DC and SP Dimapur. It was informed that the union decided to observe the reaction of the state government and district administration as per their demand till the next meeting which has been scheduled to be held along with NCSU, NECU, KCCI and business community Dimapur including Hardware Merchant Association, Timber Association, Pharmacies Union, Chamber of Commerce, Doctor Private Practioners’ Union etc on June 27 at Kohima. The meeting would deliberate on illegal collection of taxes and extortion and find out as to what extent the tax collected or deducted by the government from the contractors’ bills were legal and submitting to the state revenues. The union said it was also facing huge illegal collection from underground outfits including the Nagaland Police. Meanwhile, the NGRC – I CU condemned the illegal tax collection, extortion and physical assault on truck drivers and handymen in and around Dimapur including Guwahati entering into Nagaland by various underground outfits. It said that the strike called at the “prime time” exposed the inefficiency of the government machineries particularly the concerned district administration of both Assam and Nagaland. However, the union also appealed the business community not to take the consumers for a ride by raising the prices of goods and services on their own as it was also their duty to fight against illegal act. “The traders has not right to fix the price of any essential or non-essential commodities but to follow the rate given by the competent authority,” the contractors said. The NGRC –I CU informed it has extended the tenure of the present team for one year and selected Pfuduolhou as the union finance secretary. NVCO supports Meanwhile, the Nagaland Voluntary Consumer Organisation (NVCO) has extended support to the NGRC – I CU as solidarity against illegal taxation and extortion in the state as well as the BTOA on the Truckers’ strike. NVCO president, Kezhokhoto Savi and vice president, K. Lotan in a statement said the Organisation would extend full support to the contractors till the “illegal conduct” was eliminated for good. The NVCO said it did not believe in temporary halt to such illegal activities for which the government/authority/municipality should not just show concern but work out things to stop such illegal activities once and for all. On the Truckers’ strike, the NVCO said the consumers would benefit despite having to suffer for few days in availing essential and non-essential commodities and added it was an eye-opener for the government/civic bodies and the public. The NVCO said such illegal activities were not confined only to Dimapur but also in all the district headquarters and asked if the state government was doing enough to tackle these problems. The NVCO also called upon the public to join hands to show that, “Consumers are the King in the market.”

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