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Figures of tolls, taxes
Published on 11 Jul. 2009 12:48 AM IST
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Rio says Govt trying its best to stop illegal taxes State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio Friday said that the government was trying its best to stop illegal taxes. Rio was replying to a starred question raised by Congress MLA, S.I. Jamir regarding the collection of different taxes and tolls at various gates in and around Dimapur town, during the ongoing budget session of Nagaland Legislative Assembly. Rio said the government was issuing notifications time and again banning collection of illegal taxes, conducting raids and arresting culprits. The CM said he had convened a high level meeting on June 22 and issued an order banning collection of taxes. He had assured that the government would strive to implement the decision taken during the meeting. Also taking part in the discussion, Congress MLA Kheto suggested that persons arrested for illegal taxation should be arrested with non-bailable warrant and that the August House pass a bill on illegal taxation. He said a collective effort was needed for effective implementation of government orders regarding illegal taxation. The chief minister who appreciated the Opposition members for their concern assured that the government would do its best to implement the decisions regarding illegal taxation. A DIPR report said that the CM who also holds the finance portfolio laid before the House the different taxes and tolls collected from various gates in and around Dimapur town and total amount collected during 2008-09 as below: Taxation Department: The Taxation Department collects Value Added Tax (VAT) at checkposts under authority of section 26 and section 67 of the Nagaland Value Added Tax Act, 2005, in the form of ‘security’. Security is collected against goods that are imported into the state without proper documents. This is necessary to prevent evasion of tax by unscrupulous traders who, if allowed to pass, may not come forward later to voluntarily pay tax afterwards. An amount of Rs. 10,67,862/- was collected as Value Added Tax (VAT) at checkposts in Dimapur during 2008-09 only. V&AH Department: Prescribed token fees are charged by the Department of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry under Section 6 (1) and 24 (ii) (h) of the Nagaland Livestock and Poultry Contagious Disease Act 1980 in the Government designated quarantine check posts. Quarantine checkpost at Chümukedima collected Rs. 45,840/- and Quarantine checkposts at Dellai Gate & Old Golaghat Gate collected Rs. 9,88,789/- only. Forest Department: Forest Department checkgates are meant to regulate movement of Forest products and whenever any illegal act is detected, cases are booked under Nagaland Forest Act, 1968. Total amount of Tax/revenue collected during 2008-09 from Dimapur division is Rs. 1,04,73,758/- only. Excise Department: Excise personnel posted at checkgates are mainly concerned and assigned with the checking of contraband items like drugs, liquor etc and verification of pass, permit documents etc and no tax/revenue is realized in the check gate. DMC (Urban Development): Different taxes and tolls collected in and around Dimapur are New Vehicle Entry, Fish, Fanta/Logs/Scraps, Goods Entry, Vehicle Entry, Secondhand Goods, Transport items, Deopani Sand, Eggs, Delai Sand, Cement by road, Footwear items, Local sand/mixed earth boulder/bricks/stone chips etc. The total amount collected by Dimapur Municipal Council during 2008-09 is Rs. 43,69,500/- only. Delay in SIT probe Ongoing investigation in school education department with regard to bogus teacher appointment could take “some more time,” according to Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio. Replying to a question raised by CLP leader Chingwang Konyak and MLA Sentichuba in the fourth State Assembly on Friday, the chief minister said Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted on February 7, 2004, with a time frame of four months, was looking into the period from 2001 to 2009, and hence it may take more time for the SIT to submit its report. In a reply to whether 2000 bogus teachers was appointed under school education department, state minister for school education Nyeiwang Konyak said since the matter relating to appointment of bogus teachers was under investigation by SIT it was not possible to provide any factual statement on the number of bogus teachers that might have been appointed, a DIPR bulletin reported. Nyeiwang Konyak said SIT has also been assigned with the duty to determine whether appointment was issued from the directorate of school education. Factual information will be obtained only after the investigation by the SIT is completed, the minister said. Summing up the reply, the minister said matter of action against erring officials would arise only after the investigation was completed.

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