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GPRN/NSCN, NNC on taxation
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 30 (NPN):
Published on 31 May. 2011 1:44 AM IST
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Stating that it was time to cleanse Nagaland of corruption in the form of illegal collection of taxes, the GPRN/NSCN and NNC (Senka) have said they would thoroughly cleanse the system but added that would begin from their own kitchen and backyard. This point was one of the several decisions taken during the Joint Coordination meeting of the two groups held at Khehoi designated camp. The two groups jointly addressed a press conference at Khehoi camp on Monday. The agendas discussed included their stand on the Naga political issue, sovereignty, upholding the December 14 unconditional unity and condemning the Shillong Accord.
Talking tough on the menace of illegal taxation especially in Dimapur, co-convenor of the Joint Coordination of the GPRN/NSCN and NNC, K. Mulatonu said tax would continue to be realized for survival of the Naga nation but that the government would not tolerate collection of taxes by unauthorized individuals/authorities. To begin the task, Mulatonu who is also the ‘chaplee kilonser’ of the GPRN/NSCN, said his department itself would first be cleansed by checking misappropriation of money, misuse of power etc. Seeking the co-operation of the public, he asked the people to intimate the chaplee ministry if corruption related cases surfaced.
He said that the FGN would also be barred with immediate effect from collection of taxes in Kohima and Dimapur unless they bring authorization letter from the NNC president Adinno Phizo. According to Mulatonu, the FGN kedaghe Brig (retd) Shingnya and vice president Zhopra Vero recently disclosed that their group was headed by NNC president Adinno Phizo. Mulatonu, therefore, said if their group was headed by Adinno they should first be authorized by Adinno to collect taxes. However, Mulatonu said that the MoU which the GPRN/NSCN and FGN signed on July 15 at Moyakshu would remain the same.
On the collection of taxes by non-Naga groups, Mulatonu said they would first ask the administration and police to contain the problem and would step in if they refused checking the problem. He said investigation would be started on the collection of taxes by non-Naga groups. Mulatonu also said the Joint Coordination would check the corrupt system practiced by the NGOs in the form of issuing challans. He said fingers have always been pointed towards the Naga groups on taxation but that the NGOs were also involved in collection of taxes through challans.
NNC vice president, Kiumukam Yimchunger said that its group headed by Dr Senka has opposed Shillong Accord from the very beginning and condemned the same. He said the NNC would stand by Naga sovereignty which was its goal. “We are not under Adinno because she has compromised with the Naga political right through Shillong Accord,” Kiumukam said. He said the NNC was a political organization committed to finding a solution to the “Indo-Naga” political issue and had therefore signed the MoU with GPRN/NSCN on December 14, 2010. He said the NNC would continue to uphold the MoU and committed to strengthening it. He expressed the hope that in the future the two groups would discuss administrative reforms for better co-ordination.
The press conference was attended by NNC kilo kilonser Hangking Zeliang, NNC president Chang region Yankimong, NNC president Sumi region, Ghosuho Tuccu, NNC president Sangtam region Paul Anar and several others.

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