Reminding the people about government’s order that banned any form of tax/cash collection on highways and check-gates, the Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) Friday asserted that even so several police check-gates and pay-counters continue to collect cash – the factor contributing to price-rise in goods and services. Maintaining that it has been “sternly fighting” against collection of cash/taxes at check-gates or any highway as these were contributing to price rise, the NVCO president Kezhokhoto Savi, in a press statement, said its members upon visiting check-gates and pay counters along national highways in Kohima July 10 last caught several police check-gates and pay-counters collecting cash.
Reiterating that government order had directed to stop tax collection by any organisation including government departments such as police, excise, forest and taxes department and the like, the NVCO president said many Manipuri driver and handyman have expressed their grievances to NVCO team stating that collection of cash/taxes on highway was still taking place.
Expressing dissatisfaction on the part of state government in executing the order, the NVCO said despite government order some pay-counters were coming up on NH-39 including collection of cash on highways “in collaboration with local people” especially situated in Jakhama and Phesama.
It also warned Manipur truck owners and drivers for violating government order and alleged them for inviting more and more collection of cash/taxes on the highways in Nagaland.
The NVCO also objected fund-raising system by way of organizing buffet, selling “moudi” by unions/organisations/youth/churches. It warned hotels particularly Hotel Japfu and Naga Heritage not to entertain such buffet as these were factors that contribute to price-rise. Further, the NVCO cautioned government to maintain proper prices during annual Hornbill festival. Meanwhile, the NVCO has informed that consumers’ right programme would be organized in Dimapur in association with consumers’ society Dimapur (CSD) November 21 to create awareness.