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CM Rio serious on tackling illegal taxes

Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio (encircled) addressing the last day of the assembly session on Monday. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Jul. 2009 1:29 AM IST
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Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio said that illegal collection of taxes was not something that began recently but has been going on for a long time in the state and added that the problem has a connection with the Naga political issue. He pointed out that the Naga undergrounds were divided collecting illegal taxes. According to Rio, the underground groups were also not able to control their cadres who thereby involve in collecting illegal taxes alongside other criminal gangs and organizations. Reiterating that the state government was very serious and working hard to curb the menace, he called for support from the members of the house and also the civil societies. Rio said that Nagas cannot continue to pay illegal tax for all times to come. He also regretted that national workers today have lost sight of the political vision. The chief minister further called for a collective effort to try and resolve the Naga political issue which he felt was the best hope to restore the system in the Naga society. In his supplementary, Congress MLA, Tokheho said there were only three routes road from Assam to enter Nagaland while also disclosing that the truck and taxi drivers were refusing to enter the state due to the rampant extortion. “It is an embarrassment for the Nagas,” he said and urged the government to take remedial measures to check illegal taxations and extortion going on in the state. Congress MLA, KV Pusa queried whether the government was aware about the various check gates in and around Kohima and alleged that all government officials, teachers and village council, except police and assembly, were paying tax to undergrounds. Also Congress MLA KL Chishi demanded that the ministers and parliamentary secretaries come prepared with their subject matters and give appropriate replies. Earlier in a written reply to Congress MLA, Tokheho, the home minister Imkong L. Imchen said it was a fact that the transport trucks refused to enter Dimapur and Mokokchung but clarified that buses and taxis were entering the state. The home minister also said that the government was aware of the Chakka Jam called by the All Assam Truck Owners, Drivers and Handyman Association, supported by Bokajan Truckers’ Union in Dimapur area and Hill Area Truck Owner Association Jorhat, in protest against illegal excessive taxation by various departments and unauthorized organizations.

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