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Businessmen not ‘extortionists,’ asserts DCC
Published on 27 Aug. 2009 12:45 AM IST
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Reacting to news articles from different quarters after the deputy commissioner Dimapur attacked the businessmen for extorting from the public and the subsequent apology demanded from him by the business community, the DCC refuted the allegations against business community on extortion. DCC president, Kasheto Sema in a statement admitted it was also apprehensive of businessmen charging more than the prices which were fixed by the DMC and administration after consultation with the DCC and said such businessmen were liable for punishment. The DCC however, described as “unfortunate” that the administration had out rightly declared the entire business community as “extortionists” when it had not apprehended any “Black Marketeers” till date. “The DCC would also like to get black marketers apprehended and published in media for public attention,” the DCC challenged. It was pointed out that the NGOs and civil societies have also accepted that the business community in Dimapur was severely affected by unscrupulous taxation from different factions, unions etc. ‘‘…so why not the administration with the help of civil societies try to curb down this menace instead of solely blaming the entire business community?” the DCC asked. Simultaneously, the DCC urged the public to help the businessmen to serve the society better even while the traders paid illegal taxes right from purchase in the warehouse to transportation till storage in godown to making it available to the general public. It advised the administration to arrest the violators of law instead of accusing the entire business community on charges of extortion.

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