Dimapur CSOs back demand to rollback COVID cess on petroleum

DIMAPUR, SEP 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/21/2020 12:53:51 PM IST

Naga Women Hoho Dimapur (NWHD), Dimapur Urban Council Chairmen Federation (DUCCF) and GBs’ (Sadar) Union Dimapur under the banner of Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) have announced their support to the ultimatum served by Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) to the State government to revoke COVID cess from petrol and diesel.

In a joint press statement, NCD vice-president Etsungmomo Kikon, NCD general secretary Thsapongkyu Sangtam, NWHD president Sungsabeni Jamio, DUCCF president Tsenthungo Nyamo and GB’s (Sadar) Union Dimapur president MY Ngullie demanded immediate rollback of the cess. 

They alleged that the cess on petrol and diesel by the State government had increased prices of every item across the State, affecting everyone, especially the common people.

Despite the appeals and demands from various civil society groups and students bodies to rollback the COVID cess on petrol and diesel, the leaders regretted that the State government had remained adamant and still persisting with collecting the cess, which was nothing short of adding salt to the injury of the entire general public who are already reeling under the COVID-19 pandemic.

NWHD, DUCCF and GBs’ (Sadar) Union Dimapur therefore urged the government to immediately rollback the cess and warned of no longer tolerating this and remain a mute spectator.

Western Sümi Hoho (WSH) has also announced its support to the demand made by various organisations seeking withdrawal of COVID cess from fuel imposed by the State government. 

Mentioning that COVID-19 pandemic has affected normal lives of common people and brought countless sufferings on every front, the hoho however regretted that the government, instead of trying to lessen the burden of the people, brought them more hardship and thus left them with no option but to come out and agitate. 

WSH said it would give full support to the demand for withdrawal of the cess.

It may be mentioned that the state government decided to impose COVID-19 cess on petrol and diesel with effect from midnight of April 28, 2020.

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