KDTODU, NVCO, NGRC-1 back PAC bandh

DIMAPUR, OCT 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/4/2019 11:06:17 AM IST

While the Public Action Committee (PAC) has yet to take a call on its indefinite bandh from October 7 after the DC Dimapur had acceded to its demand by reviving and reconstituting the District Level Price Monitoring Committee(DLPMC); various organisations such as Kohima District Truck Owners & Drivers Union, Nagaland Voluntary Consumers Organisation (NVCO) and Nagaland Government Registered Class-I Contractors’ Union(NGRC-I CU), have backed the bandh call from October7.

 NVCO: Press & Media Cell of NVCO, in a statement, maintained that protests and bandhs were “solely for the welfare of consumers” as “all illegal taxation” imposed on business community and truckers have been highlighted by it (NVCO) since the past. 

In the light of their burden caused by such taxations, NVCO has appealed to the general public to come forward and extend support to the proposed bandh so as to stop all such illegal taxations not only Dimapur, but also in the entire state.  

NVCO has also appealed to the state government to issue necessary directions to all the district administrations to execute the government standing order and Gauhati High Court order that banned illegal collection of cash at check gates and highways by organisation/union/association/federation, etc in collecting cash on any highways.

KDTODU: Fully supporting the PAC bandh call, the Kohima District Truck Owners & Drivers’ Union (KDTODU) has announced that there will be no truck movement within Kohima jurisdiction on October 7 from 6 am to 6 p.m.

KDTODU president Riivese and secretary Kevethei, in a joint statement, have appealed to all the truck owners especially contractors to co-operate with the union in preventing movement of trucks on that day. The union has blamed the Dimapur district administration for failing to regulate prices of commodities and not checking the practice of issuing contract lease for tax collection especially by DMC and also the illegal practices of syndicate system.

Meanwhile, KDTODU has listed “illegal collection of cash” at the check-gates and on highways in and around Kohima— Khuzama police check gate: Police (Rs.500 plus on six-wheeler truck and others), Narcotic (Rs.300 plus) and Excise (Rs.200 plus). 

Jakhama Kehorii: Rs.100 and Rs.50 (empty truck), Loyola Higher Secondary School, Jakhama (above) – Petroleum & Land Transport Workers Federation of India (P&LTWFI).

Phesama landslide area: Rs.100 and Rs 50 (empty truck).

Phesama check gate: Police (Rs.500 plus on six-wheeler truck), KMC toll Rs.50 plus (empty truck), Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) local tax on item and package basis list displayed at the check gate. 

Bypass: KMC toll (Rs.100 plus on six-wheeler truck), Motor vehicle department (Rs.300). 

BSF camp Chedema: KMC toll free and Nagaland police. 

Meriema: KMC toll free. 

Lal Mati: Nagaland police (Rs.100 plus), Excise (Rs.100 plus) and Forest department (Rs.200 plus) and as per cft.

Pherima: P&LTWFI, despite ban by Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench against collection of cash on highways.

KDTODU has appealed to the DC Kohima to immediately stop the mentioned illegal collections. T warned that in the event the district administration failed to act, it will be compelled to take further course of action.

NGRC-1 CU: Nagaland Govt. Registered Class-1 Contractors’ Union (NGRC-1 CU) has also extended its support to KDTODU’s proposed ban on truck movement on October 7, 2019 in support of PAC bandh.

In a press release, NGRC-1 CU president Seyiekuolie said that the members who are contractors, own trucks which were most affected and that normally, huge amounts were paid at check gates and on highways on daily basis. 

The union has also appealed to the district administrations especially Kohima to address the issue and bring out a solution in order to avoid further protest and bandh in the future.


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