NTTU appeals heavy vehicle ban; condemns taxation

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/5/2019 11:41:19 AM IST

Nagaland Timber Traders’ Union (NTTU) in its emergency meeting held on April 4 in Dimapur has decided to appeal to DC Peren to revoke or cancel the order banning plying of heavy vehicles within Peren district w.e.f. April 3 to 13 in view of the Lok Sabha Elections. 

A press release from president NTTU, Kevise Sogotsu stated that while taking strong exception to the notification published in local newspapers on March 31, the NTTU has appealed for vehicles carrying logs and timber to be allowed to ply on Peren roads during this crucial season.

NTTU has decided to submit a representation to the Peren DC stating that if vehicles transporting logs and timber are not allowed to ply during the above stated period, it would hamper their “humble business” and also subject them to huge losses in terms of money, time and reputation. NTTU warned that if its genuine appeal is rejected, it shall be compelled to seek redress in the appropriate court without further notice.

The house also reiterated its stand on the removal of inter-district forest and other check gates, which has been “an untold harassment” to all sections of people including entrepreneurs, businessmen, timber traders and the general public. It claimed that a truck carrying sand or bricks to Phek district has to pay taxes at Chumukedima, Peducha and Pfutsero check gates. It termed this practice as “purely daylight robbery” by government officials and personnel manning check gates. NTTU questioned whether they were satisfied with the handsome salaries the government has been giving them every month.

NTTU further appealed to the various Naga political groups to listen to the genuine plight of timber traders who are, according to the press release, at the mercy of various forces and agencies and to desist from imposing multiple taxes on timber traders and tree farmers trying to sustain themselves by the sweat of their brow.


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