Kohima Law College Students’ Union (KLCSU) has opposed various tax collections levied by Naga Council Dimapur, Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO), Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) and Nagaland Police.
On tax collection in various check gates by SAPO and the police, KLCSU said illegal collection of cash on every vehicle/trucks carrying essential commodities, vegetables, fruits, stones, wood etc in the name of SAPO local tax at Phesama police check gates. Two more illegal pay counters been set up at Jakhama village jurisdiction, they further alleged. Stating that the ‘state representatives’ has been charging money in the name of ‘commission’ on public fund meant payment to an agent for selling goods and services.
KLCSU also alleged that KMC pay counters used to collect more money and refused to issue receipts while Nagaland police have been collecting cash on commercial vehicles at Khuzama, Phesama and By-pass, despite the Government of Nagaland vide order no. CS/2/ADMN/2009 dated June 22 banning collection of cash/taxes by any organization or individual including Government departments such as police, excise, forest and taxes departments.
Such illegal collection of cash/taxes has been major cause of price rise faced by the consumers in the state, the KLCSU maintained.
In a representation to DC Kohima to stop illegal collection, unfair means of practice in weighting scales by butchers, excessive charges in Photostat/Xerox, medicine rate fixed by NGOs, shortage of supply and black marketing in LPG and frequent rise of prices, selling of expiry goods, KLCSU requested Kohima district administration to take precautions.
KLCSU also urged district administration to intervene against use of improper use of weighing scales by butchers and urged KMC to put up an electronic weighing scale in the market to help the public and to impose heavy penalty by way of monetary fine as a measure to stop such menace in the state capital
On shortage of black marketing of LPG, KLCSU maintained that district administration should initiate strong measures to stop the business community running hotels, hostels, restaurants from availing LPG domestic connection and also to check the practice of black marketing.
On non uniformity & excessive charges in prices and selling of expiry goods, KLCSU said even Xerox/Photostat prices vary from one shop to another ranging from Rs.1.50 to Rs.4 per copy, hair cut charge was costlier by Rs.5, taxi charge by Rs.5, many pharmacies tend to charge above MRP printed prices and such hikes in different commodities were fixed by respective unions without approval of the state government.
On sale of expiry goods in medicine store, cement products, the KLCSU urged the district administration to come up with strong measures to avoid such illegal practices.