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Truckers relax strike temporarily
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 23 (NPN)
Published on 24 Jun. 2009 12:46 AM IST
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: Based on assurances given by the Dimapur district administration and police at the June 22 meeting held in the office of the SDO(Civil)Bokajan, to provide security to the truck drivers entering Nagaland and later the assurances given by the DMC,NMDA and DCC to look into the issue of illegal tax collections in Dimapur, the Bokajan Truck Owners’ Association(BTOA) has decided to temporarily relax the Chhaka Jam from June 23 which was imposed on Nagaland since June 20. This was stated in the MoU signed jointly by BTOA president Mukul Borah, Chairman Bokajan Town Council Pabitro Chetia,ex BTC chairman Manohar Singh, DMC chairperson Khekaho Assumi, NMDA president Ato Yepthomi, DCC president Kasheto Yepthomi on June 22. The MoU stated that the Dimapur district administration and police assured security to truckers at the time of loading and unloading of goods at various transport company godowns under Dimapur district. It stated that the administration and police at Dimapur would also look into cases of extortion and abduction of truck drivers and handymen and to ensure that truckers are not harassed by any organization/individuals in Dimapur district. Later, at another meeting the DMC, DCC and NMDA in presence of truck drivers, assured to seriously look into the complaints made by the truck drivers while entering Nagaland. Further, the MoU said the DMC, DCC and NMDA assured they would take responsibility to check illegal tax collections at check gates besides any other problem faced by the truckers. Based on these assurances, the BTOA decided to temporarily relax the chakka jam and that the DMC,DCC and NMDA assured to extend full support to the BTOA in the event the strike was resumed due to extortion activities on truckers in Nagaland. Speaking to media persons Tuesday at Bokajan, an official of the BTOA said the strike was temporarily relaxed on the assurances made by the district administrations of both Dimapur and Karbi Anglong and co-operation extended the DMC, DCC and NMDA. NMDA president, Ato Yepthomi expressed gratitude to the BTOA for relaxing the jam and appealed for cooperation from all frontal organizations. Asked about the complaints of excessive tax imposed on trucks by the DMC at the check gates, DMC chairperson Khekaho Assumi said permit of anyone caught violating the prescribed norms would be cancelled and necessary action taken against those involved. DMC toll tax in-charge, Simon also added that if any transporter was charged above the rate given on the chart by the DMC, action would be initiated against the collector. He urged public to contact mobile number 9436019545 for any complain related to the DMC office at check gates. It may be recalled that the truckers imposed chakka jam on Nagaland in protest against both illegal and excessive tax including extortion by undergrounds on truckers.

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