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NGOs clarify DC Dimapur statement
Published on 24 Aug. 2009 1:13 AM IST
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Drawing attention to the apology demanded from the deputy commissioner Dimapur by the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce (DCC) for stating, during the GBs meeting Friday, that the businessmen were “extorting” from the public by way of charging extra rate on various essential commodities, the various organizations which also attended the meet have clarified that the statement was not an attack on DCC nor on businessmen, but a statement necessary to promote awareness among leaders of all organizations. Office bearers, including the presidents of the Dimapur District GB Association, Dimapur District GB/DB Association, Nagaland GB/DB Joint Forum, Dimapur Naga Women Hoho, Naga Council Dimapur and founder & ex-president GB Federation Nagaland in a joint clarification said that the DC made a “bona-fide” speech highlighting steep rise in prices of commodities in recent times where the consumers had experienced incidences of “traders charging far beyond printed price fixed by DCC.” The NGOs said that under such circumstances, it was not out of place for the chief executive officer of the district to highlight the matter in a gathering of leaders of the mentioned organizations, police officers and others. “Should the tone be misconstrued or hurt the sentiments of those honest, rule abiding traders/businessmen, we appeal to them not to be discouraged because the authorities concerned and general public shall stand by them,” the joint clarification stated. The NGOs further sincerely appealed the DCC to view the matter in good faith and uphold a tolerant stand and set aside the matter and let cooperation and understanding prevail for the wider interest of all concerned. DMC rate control Meanwhile, the rate control department of the DMC said it was putting all out effort to ensure that the rate fixed by the DMC was properly followed by the business community in Dimapur. DMC convenor, rate control S.Vihuto Yeptho in a statement said the DMC was keeping strict vigil in all the markets within its jurisdiction and strong action was being taken against any trader detected charging more than the rate fixed by the DMC. It claimed that the municipal staff had always responded to complains lodged by the consumers and action taken. However, the rate control department said that some traders were still charging more than the fixed rates and warned those traders that stern action would be initiated against them once they were caught. To control the over-charging of rates by the traders, the DMC appealed to all the business community to co-operate with it and follow the rates fixed by the concerned agency on essential commodities. The DMC also urged the GBs of different colonies under strictly direct the traders in their respective colonies to follow proper rates.

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