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DCC against hike in trade license fees
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 9 (NPN):
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Published on 10 Dec. 2010 12:53 AM IST
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Having received complaints from the business community over the increase in rate for renewal of trade license fees by the Dimapur Municipal Council, the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce has urged the authorities to look into the matter failing which it has threatened to go to the court.
Addressing the media on Thursday, DCC president Kasheto Yepthomi said that the renewal rate was increased last year by the then elected body of DMC and now even before one financial year has passed, the present DMC team has further enhanced the rate by almost 50 - 100 %. He said this was “totally not at all acceptable.”
The DCC president appreciated the DMC team for their efforts in taking care of sanitation and other issues in the town but at the same time posed few questions to the authorities.
Kasheto asked whether the rate for renewal of trade license fee was hiked following proper procedures by obtaining clearance from the state government thereby deputing experts to study the rates. He said even if the rates were to be hiked it should be at a maximum of 5 - 10 %.
Kasheto said that the DMC was also “forcefully” pressing the business community to buy DMC calendar at the rate of Rs 300 and threatening the traders that their trade licenses would not be renewed if they do not buy it. The DCC president said this was against the standing order of the district administration banning the sell of lottery tickets, calendars etc. At a time when the business community was targeted by various anti-social elements, the forceful sell of calendars came as an “indirect taxation and burden upon the business community,” senior DCC advisor, Azo Keditsu said.
Kasheto said even if the DMC was to sell calendars, it should be at a very nominal rate and not forced upon.
He said these issues were discussed with the deputy commissioner Dimapur on December 7 following which the DC wrote to the DMC to review the matter. It, however, lamented that the DMC was yet to act on the official letter.
Further, the DCC president asked whether the DMC advisory team has been nominated by the government as caretakers to assist the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and look after the civic activities until election or the advisors have been nominated and empowered to take decisions like those of elected members of the DMC. He also said there was no such post as the chief advisor nominated by the government.
Meanwhile, the DCC has extended, until further decision, its seven-day ultimatum earlier served to the state government in connection with the November 25 abduction case. Kasheto said the ultimatum was extended since the top state officials were involved in the just concluded Hornbill Festival and would be further engaged in the NE Agri Expo.
AYC urges
Pointing out that the DMC has increased the monthly toll tax to double amount and the annual trade license for 2011 to more than double amount, the Assembly Youth Congress 2 Dimapur - II AC has called upon all sections of the people as well as the authority to step forward and rectify these “unlawful practices.”
AYC 2 Dimapur - II AC president, Mughavi Swu in a statement said that the DMC has also come up with “more latest collection” in the form of selling yearly calendar compulsorily at the rate of Rs 300 to business community instead of controlling random donations. He said that the public were directly or indirectly effected through these increased toll tax collections and selling of calendars.

 
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