Demand for rollback of cess continues

DIMAPUR, MAY 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/7/2020 12:59:40 PM IST

Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO), Zunheboto Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ZCCI) and Naga Business Association Kohima (NBAK) Thursday joined other organsiations from across the state in slamming the imposition of COVID-19 cess on petrol and diesel and demanding immediate rollback. Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) has termed as “very unfortunate and unacceptable” the imposition of COVID-19 cess and urged the government to revoke its order in the interest of public.

In a press note, CPO president Mikha Kenye and general secretary Veduvo Rhakho said that imposing of unprecedented ‘tax on tax’ came at a time when thousands of people were struggling to procure even their daily needs. CPO said that prices of various essential commodities would “automatically shoot up” and the general public would ultimately suffer.

It stated that the state government should not try to squeeze the common people hard earn money “as this will only erupt negative impact.”

Meanwhile, CPO has asked the village authorities to relax passage to any bona fide members within the state of Nagaland who wished to return to the village without any restriction.

CPO said farmers should be give free passage in mending their fields at this season of cultivation. 

It also stated that all necessary guidelines on quarantine and COVID-19 dead protocols should be diligently observed especially the villagers in compliance with the advisories of health ministry and orders issued by state government. 

ZCCI: Zunheboto Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ZCCI) has supported the Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CNCCI)’s appeal to the state government to rollback cess on petroleum products.

In a press release, ZCCI president Kikheto Muru and media affairs secretary Holoka T Sumi expressed dismay that the prices of essential commodities were bound to shoot up consequent upon increase in oil prices. 

ZCCI stated that cess on fuel would “only add more burden on lower class and common people who were already acing economic hardships. ZCCI has, therefore, requested the state government immediately rollback its decision. 

ZCCI has also appealed to the chief minister to consider house rents of business community in relief package.

NBAK: Naga Business Association Kohima (NBAK) has also appealed to the state government to listen to the public and rollback the Covid-19 cess on petrol and diesel.

In a press release, NBAK president Katsukhrie Kesiezie and secretary Neizulo Therie said that the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has directly impacted economy worldwide. 

The association stated that the present lockdown has affected the business community in particular and urged the government to consider the plight of Naga business community members who have lost huge inventories as a result of the lockdown.

It also asked the state government to initiate necessary measures to assist thousands of local businessmen and businesswomen in Kohima.

NBAK suggested government to consider relaxation of loan criteria and direct all nationalised banks to avail business loans to Naga entrepreneurs.

It also urged the government to consult Naga business community experts and organizations to create a vibrant economic atmosphere in the state considering the necessary money circulation within the state.

Appreciating some house owners for exempting monthly rentals to business community, the association appealed to others also to consider for the welfare of the business people who were still struggling for their survival during lockdown period. Further, NBAK appealed to Naga intellectual community to support the Naga entrepreneurs for revival of state economy.

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