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NTTU supports HM’s statement over extortion
Published on 3 Jul. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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Nagaland Timber Traders Union (NTTU) expressed support to home minister Imkong L Imchen over his resolve to put a check on rampant “illegal taxation” and “extortion” by various organizations adding it was high time all citizens put their heads together to curb the “twin menace.” NTTU president Kevise Angami, general secretary Alem Pongener and vice president Husca Zhimo said Imchen’s “bold statement” provided a ray of hope to the public, especially traders, businessmen and entrepreneurs, who were weighed down by ‘over taxation’. Lauding the initiative to streamline taxation of various government departments, the union, however, said traders and businessmen were still burdened due to rampant collection of “taxes” by underground groups. NTTU said that despite repeated pleas to various groups, some traders still had to pay “taxes’ six to seven times for a single item.” Urging upon the “GPRN/NSCN and FGN/NNC governments” to streamline their tax collection on the line of “one goods one tax”, NTTU also said various “Naga national governments” should heed to the voice of the public if they were really working in the interest of Naga people. Imposition of single tax on an item within reasonable limit was acceptable but not imposition of tax six to seven times on the same goods which was “downright illegal and amounts to extortion.” NTTU said that the decision of timber traders to stop transportation of timber with effect from July 5 till rampant “taxation” was checked, would lead to mass unrest since hundreds of families would be affected. NTTU called upon public, traders and businessmen to cooperate with the government in rooting out the menace of “illegal taxation”, besides calling upon other ministers and public leaders including plantation owners to be vocal in condemning the “taxation” culture.

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