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More join demand for rollback of COVID cess on petroleum products

DIMAPUR, SEP 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/20/2020 12:08:19 PM IST

After Central Nagaland Students’ Association (CNSA) and Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) served ultimatums to the State government demanding its rollback, Central Nagaland Tribes’ Council (CNTC) has urged the government to immediately withdraw the cess on petroleum products, as it has led to cascading effect on price rise of all products, including essential commodities. 

CNTC through its media cell, argued that since the State government has been receiving its due share of sufficient funds from the Central government from time to time to meet the COVID-19 expenses, the cess has resulted in skyrocketing of prices of all items with the lower income groups being the worst sufferers, especially the daily wage earners.

The council also backed the demand by Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) for setting up a full-fledged medical college at Dimapur. 

CNTC reminded that as the commercial hub of Nagaland and the most populated district comprising people of diverse ethnicity, Dimapur deserved a full-fledged medical college which would be viable in all respects to both the government and the public.

CNTC opined that political leaders need to look at practical realities of the day and focus on equal development of all districts of the State, the council stressed in a press release.

 EBDA: East Dimapur Business Association (EDBA) has also supported the demand by Dimapur Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI), DNSU, CNSA and other organisations for rollback of COVID cess on petroleum products.

 EDBA president Atoka Zhimomi, vice-president Mukibur Rahman and general secretary Joseph Mero reminded that COVID-19 pandemic has already broken the economy, for which businessmen/shop owners and common people were suffering a lot and the cess was an additional burden on the lives of the people. 

ED regretted that while governments in other countries and states announced different schemes to ease the condition of the people, the state government in contrast, hiked the price of petroleum products due to which the price of essential commodities has increased and , making the lives of common people harder.

It urged upon the state government to roll back the cess within a stipulated time as demanded by different organizations and threatened it would go against the government if it failed to accede to the demand and by standing with the common people.

NPP: National People’s Party(NPP) Nagaland has expressed support to various organisations such as– CNTC, CNSA, DENSU and WCSU in demanding roll back on COVID-19 cess and also reiterated its earlier demand for withdrawal of the cess, which was published in various local newspapers. In a statement, IPR & Media Cell of the NPP state unit accused the present ruling government of having fallen so much short of expectations that they were now “taking inhuman decisions” by neglecting the well being and welfare of the common people.

NPP termed the finance department’s cess as “bereft of any possible logic” as it was imposed when the economy of the state was in “jeopardy” and common people suffering the brunt of financial crunch due to the pandemic. 

NPP also reminded the state government that while prices of commodities were already at all-time high due to illegal hoarding by traders, the additional cess will only provide the state with an opportunity to fill its coffers at the expense of the common people.

NPP also pointed out that many NGOs and civic bodies had been rendering humanitarian efforts through voluntary donations for the needy. This had indirectly lessened the burden on the state. It said even the central government has already issued “people-centric schemes” for the benefit of the people at a time of their distress. 

NPP said the cess was only the “tip of the ice berg” which hid the real corruption underneath. It advised the state government and its leaders to work for betterment of people instead of taking undue advantage of the pandemic. Further, NPP asked why the state government needed “so much additional funds” when the Centre had already “poured in huge amounts of money” and when the H&FW department itself had said that it was “adequately equipped with all infrastructures to meet the eventualities of the pandemic?”


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