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RBI embargo imminent: Congress
Published on 24 Jun. 2009 12:46 AM IST
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Attacking the ruling DAN government in Nagaland for failing to enforce the rule of law against illegal tax collections, extortions and killings, steep rise in prices of every commodity by over one hundred percent since 2003, corruption at the government including the current deficit pegged at Rs.600 crore landing the state in an imminent financial embargo by the RBI and Centre, Congress spokesman S.I.Jamir MLA has demanded the intervention of Central government to rescue the people from economic offences . In his hard hitting statement, S.I.Jamir said the DAN government was managing its finances through ways and means from the Centre after landing the state with Rs.600 crore deficit. He warned that the RBI and Centre would impose financial embargo on the state On the recent truckers strike, he said trucks from other states refused to ply to Nagaland since the past three to four months on account of extortion, where every truck was asked to pay Rs.5000 as annual permit and that depending on the goods carried, another amount of Rs.40,000 imposed for entering Dimapur. Even taxis from outside have been “dumping Nagaland passengers at Bokajan”, while the truck owners and drivers and handymen association had imposed chakka jam on all goods carrying trucks to Nagaland, he said. He also alleged that ministers and parliamentary secretaries were also “extorting the public exchequer” by allegedly deducting money directly from all DDOs, heads of departments and from bills of contractors and suppliers. He said the assurances by DAN against extortion cannot be trusted as it was also a means of its survival and that it had not guts to fight against ten insurgent outfits who have made Dimapur a haven. He also lambasted the DAN government for terming extortion and killings as political problem adding the “wrong policy” had encouraged scores of youth to join insurgent groups for extorting money for survival. The “Nagaland Police Gate has become a terror gate for the truckers. “ he said. He alleged that as commodities were running short, the state government “ has no solution as they themselves have cultivated the extortionists. Jamir urged people of Nagaland to realise they had to ultimately pay for the amount extorted on goods as prices have risen sharply He also said prices of goods today have rise by over 100% since 2003 prices and cited the price of a bag of cement in 2003 that was sold at Rs.185 but now sold at Rs.330 per bag in Dimapur and over Rs.400 per bag beyond Dimapur. “ Unless drastic change is taken from the top policy makers, the crooks cannot be corrected by bigger crooks” Jamir said.

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