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GPRN/NSCN not to tax Naga entrepreneurs
Published on 8 Aug. 2009 12:19 AM IST
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After announcing its decision not to levy taxes on the Tuli Paper Mill, as it represented the economic opportunities for thousands of Naga youths, the GPRN/NSCN has now assured that to encourage young Naga entrepreneurs undertaking new business ventures, it would exempt them from the purview of its taxes. This was announced by the GPRN/NSCN ato kilonser(prime minister) Kitovi during an interaction on August 5 at the Khehoi designated camp, with the members of the DMC and Dimapur Chamber of Commerce which was contained in a press statement issued by the MIP, GPRN/NSCN. Kitovi who had invited the DMC and DCC members for a free and frank exchange, told them that the young educated, first generation Naga entrepreneurs should be supported by one and all so that self-employment and economic morale would be boosted in Nagaland. Kitovi had given the assurances in response to the concerns expressed by the DMC and DCC representatives over the people’s sentiments and situation with special reference to the business fraternity in Dimapur. Kitovi assured the business community that measures would be adopted to curb anti-social elements that were posing as national workers and threatening prospective investors in the state. The MIP said that Kitovi at the same time, apprised the DMC and DCC representatives that the GPRN/NSCN alone could not eradicate the existing social evils but urged upon the two organizations for a collective effort through trust, support and co-ordination to normalize the “abnormal situation.” Kitovi vowed that no “non-Naga organizations” would not be allowed to burden the public with taxation or intimidate the business fraternity in Nagaland. Kitovi said there were “anti-Naga agents whose sole aim was to cripple the Naga people’s economy and undermine the people’s political movement” but asserted that the GPRN/NSCN would not be a silent spectator on these elements. Kitovi also announced that those “non-Naga communities” , who have entrenched themselves with the Nagas for several decades, traversing and contributing towards the socio-economic and political progress of the Nagas, would be accorded certain status in the Naga society adding “… although they can never become Nagas yet they shall be acknowledged none the less.” Kitovi pointed out that as there were many Nagas residing in other countries and who have accepted and offered utmost respect for the customs and traditions of their new environment; similarly; Nagas must accept all non-Nagas who have adopted Nagaland as their home temporarily or permanently, provided they observe and respect the Naga customs and traditions, social, political and historical issues of the Naga people. He also urged Nagas to wake up to the reality and free themselves from the shackles of disunity. Kitovi said a collective effort to resolve the conflict must be achieved and that so long as the Nagas remained disunited, external elements would continue to choke and strangulate them economically, socially and politically. The Ato Kilonser also called upon all Naga citizens to come forward and extend their respective help and support to unite the Nagas with moral and emotional conviction so that the aspired goal of resolving the protracted Indo-Naga-Burma political imbroglio is realized. “Our coming together yesterday was the beginning; Today, we are staying together which are good signs of progress; and our working together would ultimately bring to us success,” Kitovi added. The meeting began with an invocation said by the Chaplain, Council of Nagaland Churches, 2nd Brigade, Naga Army while Heqheto, Member NPAC, NSCN pronounced the benediction.

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