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DCC firm against rampant taxation
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 Jul. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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Despite the seven-day ultimatum issued by the Naga Council on the administration to rescind its order which kept in abeyance permission to collect ‘Naga Commission’, the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce (DCC) said that the public and government have to seriously ponder over the matter whether the ‘Naga commission’ tax can be collected or not. “It’s not a personal agenda against anybody. In fact, we will not object, if the public and the government give nod to the council to collect tax” DCC president Kasheto stated. He told this Reporter that the DCC brought up the issue purely in interest of the public.
Lamenting that the business community in Dimapur are already over burdened by various taxes, he pointed out that it is the public who end up paying for the price hikes. He said that nowhere in the country, has any NGO been authorized by the government to collect taxes. “Permitting any NGO to collect tax will only encourage others to join the bandwagon” he affirmed.
Coming out strongly against the NC tax, Kasheto expressed surprise that when an NGO like Naga Council should have been opposing numerous illegal taxations, it instead wanted to add to the woes. He said that DCC was ever ready for any proposed high powered committee etc to detect numerous illegal taxations in Dimapur.
He further maintained that it was not a hereditary right for the Naga Council to collect taxes and pointed out that the government order clearly mentioned that the permit was subjected to cancellation without any notice. “There was a time when such were quite simple but things are different now. Volume of business has increased in Dimapur” he said. He said the council’s collectors were already present at the shops of potatoes and onion whole sale dealers, on Tuesday, despite the Dimapur district administration’s order keeping the permit in abeyance.
Naga identity can’t be taxed
Meanwhile, the Naga Entrepreneurs Union, through a press release issued, called for abolishing rampant collection of taxes by NGOs/Unions without any delay. “Naga identity is not a commodity that can be taxed. It is our unique innate identity which cannot be quantified” the release stated.
Maintaining that collection of taxes by the council must have been relevant in the past, the union added that with the formation of the state, the de-jure legislative, executive and judiciary powers were vested on the government. The union also pointed out that the no NGO was mandated to function with administrative and executive powers of the government and collect taxes in the name of identity or welfare issues. They also further assailed that no government had the moral right to function as administrator, if they allowed such activities.
Welcoming the decision of the government for suspending and abolishing taxes by various unions and NGOs, the union also opined that a seasoned matured body like the Naga Council should have rallying behind with like minded unions to stop the menace of taxation rather joining in. “Fund raising can be done in many constructive and innovative ways without antagonizing the consumers or the public” they averred.
Naga commission tax
1. Round log, teak, fanta, bamboo Rs 100 per truck.
2. Stone boulder, bricks Rs 100 per truck.
3. Fruit items, cold drink, vegetables, potato, feeds Rs 0.50 per cartoon/bags.
4. Foreign goods/second hand Rs 1 per Kg
5. Betel nuts Rs 10 per bag
6. Betel leaves Rs 15 per basket.
7. Sand (Assam) Rs 50 per truck.
8. M S rod (steel) Rs 5 per quintal.
9. Cattle/pigs/goats/buffaloes Rs 5 per head.
10. Fowl/ducks/dry fish/fish/eggs/pigeon Rs 5 per basket.

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