DCCI blames middlemen, multiple taxation for inflated brick price

DIMAPUR, JUL 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 12:52:14 AM IST
Following a report carried in Nagaland Post on the abnormal hike in price of brick in Dimapur, a joint meeting was held between the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and the Brick Field Owners Union (BFOU) on July 19. According to DCCI president Akashe Zhimomi, the meeting maintained that brick was sold was at following rates fixed by the district administration on February 3,2018 - Rs.6.50 (A class), Rs.6(B class) and Rs.5.50 (medium class ) and broken bricks at Rs.3500 to Rs.4000 per truck load. 
DCCI blamed the “rate racketeering” on middlemen whom it accused of selling bricks at various locations and highways after purchasing them form brick kilns. The meeting appealed to the district administration to “immediately intervene” and either close down kilns charging inflated rate or ensure bricks are sold at approved rates. DCCI also appealed to public to buy from brick kilns at approved rates and not at inflated rates from middlemen.
Most tellingly, BFOU had candidly admitted to DCCI that taxation demands from various NPGs are “overburdening the brick kilns production and the business community has no choice but to recover from the price of the bricks”.
DCCI pointed out that the taxation demands by various NPGs included- 1.Yearly Tax,2.Coal Yearly Tax,3.Coal Per Trip,4.Sand tax,5.Vehicle Tax and 6.Labour Tax. It said all the six compounded taxes are being paid to seven(7)NPGs and which totals 42 taxes being paid by each brick kiln owner, in order sell the bricks. DCCI said such a huge burden was beyond justification and therefore appealed to the state government to look into the grievances of the BFOU. 
As a measure against black marketing and sale of bricks at exorbitant and inflated prices, DCCI urged all customers that if any of the brick kilns were selling bricks above rates approved by the district administration, they should contact the following mobile numbers:7005886916 or 7005526728. DCCI has warned that those kilns found selling above approved rates will face stringent action to the extent of cancellation of their permit.

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