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DTGU calls off indefinite strike
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Sept 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Sep. 2010 12:04 AM IST
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Following an assurance from the district administration to restore security earlier provided to them, the Dimapur Transport Goods Union (DTGU) on Friday called off the indefinite strike which began September 16.
Earlier, burdened by excessive tax collection at New Field check gate by organization such as FGN, NNC, KRU, KRA, UPDS etc including various unions, the DTGU began an indefinite strike urging the authority responsible to intervene into the matter at the earliest.
ADC Dimapur, Sedivikho Khro, who chaired a meeting consisting of DTGU, District Chamber of Committee (DCC) and representatives of Dimapur business community at DC conference hall, assured them of security from New Field Check to Hotel Tragopan junction, the main area where illegal collection of taxes takes place.
At the meeting, the union revealed that they had to pay Rs. 1500 (per truck) to UPDS; Rs. 500 (per truck) to FGN; Rs. 5000 (yearly) to KRA; Rs. 4000 to NSCN (I-M) and Rs. 2500 to GPRN/NSCN as entry taxes.
Apart from these groups, around 10 to 12 unions used to collect amounts ranging from Rs. 50 to Rs. 100 between New Field Check gate to Hotel Tragopan junction, the union said. Traders at the meeting also pointed out that after reaching destination, they used to pay taxes such as godwon tax, shop tax and dealership taxes.
ADC Dimapur appealed to the union to bring out their problems to notice by way of complaint to the responsible authority for prompt action.
With festive season round the corner, various business communities present at the meeting proposed the ADC to hold a coordination meeting with the security forces, business communities, NGOs, various unions along with district administration for the smooth and peaceful functioning of business.
Later, the union submitted a 3-point letter to Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur stating about forceful demand and collection in the name of tax from the trucks carrying goods including essential commodities; intimidation and verbal as well as physical assault by the cadres to truck drivers/staff of transport companies for realization of taxes; and resumption of rampant collection by 10 to 12 unions between Nagaland Gate and Hotel Tragopan.
DCC on new union “trade registration tax”
With the mushrooming of various unions and organization in and around Dimapur, the District Chamber of Commerce on Friday has asked the district administration whether it was aware of the newly formed “Trade Registration Tax.” According to DCC, the newly formed union was charging Rs. 500 as trade registration. On this issue, the ADC replied that the administration was not aware of such union and appealed the businessmen and the general public to come out openly and report to the administration in about collection of taxes by various unregistered unions.

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