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State govt. to deal with illegal taxations
Correspondent Kohima, Jun 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Jun. 2011 12:43 AM IST
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Responding to serious charges of rampant extortion and illegal collections at check gates along the national highways which have led to prices of various commodities to sky rocket, the state government Monday asserted it would firmly deal with such rampant collections.
State home minister Imkong L. Imchen made the assurance at a meeting convened by him with various departments, district administrations Monday at the secretariat conference hall on necessary steps to be initiated to immediately stop all illegal collections.
Imchen admitted that apart from the illegal collections by underground groups, various organizations and government agencies were also illegally collecting taxes at various check gates in the state particularly, Dimapur and Kohima.
Imchen also agreed that due to such illegal collections, prices of commodities have sky rocketed and adversely affecting the common people.
On two organizations which obtained stay against the government order banning such collections along national highways, Imchen said the government was seriously contesting the matter in the High court. He said collection of membership fee should be done in offices and not on the roads.
On various collections by the Municipal and Town Councils, Imchen said it was illegal to impose entry or exit tax on vehicles and commodities moving from one district to another since they are within the state and under the same state government.
Expressing concern on proliferation gates to collect taxes, Imchen stressed that enhancing tax revenue should be done systematically and not through such collections.
He said nowhere in India were tax collections done on roads, except Nagaland. He expressed concern that if unchecked, such gates would be erected at every road corner and even villages could join the fray.
After thorough deliberation, Imchen suggested that various check gates of different department be reduced to a minimum but prior approval obtained from the government.
Imchen also suggested that all check gates erected by various organizations should be immediately removed and barred from resuming such activities.
He said any person(s) from any organization found indulging in such illegal collection should be arrested and put behind bars and warned that such organizations would also not be spared.
He also warned that heads departments would be held responsible if their departments were found collecting taxes at various gates. Imchen hoped some concrete action plan would result after the meet and chief secretary issuing a notification in this regard.
Taking part in the discussions, state chief secretary Lalthara disclosed that government agencies involved in illegal collections at various gates included- Police, Forest, Excise, Taxation, Municpal and Town Councils. He said when collections are illegal, they become extortion.
Lalthara also stressed on the need to punish the any government servants caught in such illegal collections. He said when government booked underground cadres under NSA; it would not be acceptable if any guilty government servant was allowed to escape punishment. He also suggested that like in other states, every department should have a vigilance cell or wing to keep a check inside their own departments.
Earlier, ADG Thechamo who is also presently the officiating DGP, said that Inter-state check gate was meant to regulate ILP and also trafficking of illegal good and checking anti-social elements.
Thechamo admitted that there were too many check gates in the state which he did not favour. He said he would take up the issue with the DGP to set up mobile checking and frisking. He said such a move would also reduce manpower shortage faced at DEFs.

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