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NVCO flays illegal collection at check gates
DIMAPUR, JUN 8 (NPN):
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Published on 9 Jun. 2010 12:38 AM IST
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Expressing resentment over illegal collection of cash at check gates and national and state highways by police, municipal councils, government departments and other NGOs despite government’s ban order, the Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organization (NVCO) has asked those responsible to stop practicing the “menace” which has adversely affected the daily lives of consumers.
NVCO president, Kezhokhoto Savi said a woman approached its office at Kohima on June 5 stating that she was compelled to pay Rs 50 each to Nagaland Police at Khuzama check gate and Phesama check gate while transporting fruits in a Tata Mobile. The police had insistently demanded Rs 100 saying that they were not getting enough money to run their mess/kitchen due to economic blockade, the NVCO said. It was stated that the woman had bargained to pay Rs 120 to Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO tax) at Phesama check gate though Rs 200 was demanded and receipt was not issued.
The NVCO said the Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) at the same check gate had also collected Rs 150 from her but refused to issue receipt despite her demand for it. NVCO said taxi drivers have also complained against the KMC for collection of cash for every to and fro.
Further, NVCO asked the officer-in-charge Chumukedima Forest Range to clarify by which order the forest department was collecting money from the truckers at the check gate without issuing receipt. The NVCO claimed to be in possession of an original recipts of Rs 200 dated June 5, 2010 paid to the forest department at Chumukedima check gate.
The NVCO has also reminded DCs of Kohima and Dimapur to streamline the distribution of LPG domestic connection and commercial connection as per represnation submitted to them to solve the shortage faced.
NVCO also complained against cement dealers for selling cement not having any information in respect of the date manufactured/packing alleging that most of the cements flowing in the market were expired ones. He informed that the best use of cement was within three months from the date of manufactured/packing. It appealed the cement dealers to be more genuine and supply cement within the best time of use.

 
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