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Illegal tax: KDTODU threatens to stop plying trucks

MAPUR, SEP 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/16/2020 12:18:48 PM IST

 DIWarning that it would not tolerate illegal taxation anymore, Kohima District Truck Owners and Drivers’ Union (KDTODU) has asked the State government to stop illegal taxation immediately, or else, it would call for a general meeting where all truck owners and drivers would come together to fight the menace and even stop plying trucks for a week or more.

KDTODU president Rüvese Sokha and secretary Küvethi Puro urged upon the government to stop all forms of illegal collection of cash at check-gates and on highways and unabated taxation on vehicles, especially trucks, by various law enforcing agencies, unions/public organisations/ federations/ association and underground outfits at different points from Dimapur entry gate till Imphal. KDTODU also questioned why the government could not stop all these taxations even after implementing GST in the State?. 

Backing ACAUT’s plea to the government on illegal collections and syndicates, KDTODU condemned unscrupulous persons in transport unions who were hand in glove with some members of various Naga political groups in exerting monopoly of transport syndicate that resulted in upward spiral of prices of essential commodities causing much hardship to general public.

It also demanded withdrawal of the COVID cess of petrol and diesel.

KDTODU also mentioned that several of its members complained of numerous illegal collections while carrying bricks from brick kilns. It said that each truck has to pay money to 13 different underground factions from Niuland till Purana Bazaar, besides paying not less than Rs.100 as road/bridge maintenance fee to each village they cross. 

Further,it said truck owners pay several taxes like daily, monthly and yearly taxes as their trucks ply on the highways and cross check-gates manned by Nagaland Police, it added. 

Based on its complaint letter, KDTODU recalled that deputy commissioner (DC) Kohima, had on October 23, 2019 constituted an enquiry committee to check illegal collection of cash at check gates and on the highway in and around the State Capital. Accordingly, senior superintendent of police (SSP)Kohima, verbally assured KDTODU that he would ask the police not to collect cash from vehicles/trucks at the check gates. 

However, the union regretted that none of these worked as collection of cash by Nagaland Police at the check gates ontinues, while the formation of the enquiry committee failed to bring any positive result till date as KDTODU was never being informed of any development. Hence, the union said it has lost all hope on the assurance given by both the DC and SSP.

KDTODU questioned the government why it had failed to execute its own order of June 22, 2009 banning collection of taxes by any organisation or individual, including its departments like the police, excise, forest, taxes, etc, besides the Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench judgement of June 3, 2014 disallowing unions/federations/associations/society from collecting cash on highways?. 

 

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