Office bearers of the Nagaland Timber Traders’ Union (NTTU) along with the district presidents held an emergency meeting at NTTU office, Northern Angami colony, Dimapur, on Wednesday and discussed various issues and problems presently faced by the timber community.
At the outset, NTTU members thanked the various departments and authorities for extending full cooperation to the timber traders during the year 2009, and said this has enabled the traders and hundreds of families dependent on timber trade to conduct their business smoothly.
However, the members also expressed pain that in the New Year, a number of problems have cropped up including taxation and other form of harassment to the timber traders from various quarters.
The members said such problems have come in the way of smooth conduct of timber business and caused immense hardships to the timber traders and workers, who are working as per guidelines of the government.
NTTU appealed to the departments and Naga National groups to work hand in hand for the welfare of the citizens as a whole and to resolve any misunderstanding with an open approach.
It further appealed to personnel manning check gates and other groups not to hinder the movement of timber vehicles in this season as the timber traders are incurring huge losses.
The meeting was attended by NTTU office bearers including their president Kevise Angami, vice presidents Husca Zhimomi and Kezo Chakhesang, advisor Hekuto Zhimomi, Phek District Timber Association president Sanyi Dukru and Peren District Timber Union president N John Zeliang.