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Naga Council clarifies on ‘Naga Commission’
Published on 23 Jul. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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Naga Council, Dimapur reacting to the DCC’s – Dimapur Chamber of Commerce – opposition to Dimapur ADC’s order, permitting it to collect taxes as ‘Naga Commission’, Thursday said ADC had only renewed the permit that was in force since its inception to levy “Naga traditional commission” on “permitted items” at nominal rates fixed by the government.
According to a press statement issued by eleven council members, levying taxes on those “permitted items” served the purpose to uphold the identity of the Nagas and their traditional ownership over land and its resources and items imported from outside the state. It also stated that “fees” obtained through “Naga Commisson” goes to the maintenance of the council office and its “numerous public duties.”
Claiming that in course of time the workload and obligations of the council has increased, such as maintenance of two public cemeteries, office staff, office maintenance, organizing rallies/functions for peace and reconciliation, resolving tribal/communal or mob violence, resolving family/land/murder/rape/money/kidnapping dispute and incidents, the Naga council said “untold expenses” for public obligations were just partially supported by the “frugal funds” from rent and levy nominal “Naga commission”.
This, the council said in no way, whatsoever, defray the high costs of running the organisation which has rendered its “sacrificial services” by tribal representatives from nineteen Naga tribes and two mass based organisations viz. Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur and DNSU.
It went on to assert that currently numerous works for public amenities and public cemeteries lay under completion due to paucity of funds.
Substantiating its claim, the Naga council said the old cemetery, which was prone to encroachments, needed Rs.39 lakh for perimeter fencing, the new cemetery required Rs.48 lakh for perimeter fencing and Rs. 5 lakh for caretaker’s quarter, Rs. 99 lakh for construction of new cemetery, Rs.27.47 crore for new office building, which, it added was “thwarted” by HUDCO.
Further, clarifying that nominal levy of Naga commission in no way make a dent in the needs for such projects, the Naga council said it has remained the sources of running the office for public welfare, adding no funds were forth coming from the government in spite of rendering “full services” to government during national events beside “round-the-clock support” to local administration in the event of conflict and law and order situations.
The signatories included Naga council vice-president (admn) Vikato Zhimomi, vice-president T.Bangerloba, general secretary Ntsemo Ngully, joint secretary Joseph Shingnaisui, treasurer Dietho Rakho, finance secretary Joel Nillo and members W.Mero, Kashiho Sangtam, G.K. Rengma, Peter Anal and Joel Mao.

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