PAC to check taxation at gates

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEP 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/15/2019 10:07:43 AM IST


Public Action Committee (PAC) of the Naga Council Dimapur, will spearhead preventive measures to thwart illegal taxation being imposed by various non-state and state actors,on trucks and lorries entering or passing Dimapur. The preventive measure will be for a period of one week beginning Monday, September 16 at various check gates and till further notice.

PAC has also requested the Commissioner of Police to deploy security at all check gates and escort commercial vehicles to cross Dimapur. It has also requested Police to enforce entry of all commercial vehicles into Dimapur from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The volunteers who will be deployed at various check gates in Dimapur are drawn from various tribe representatives who will man the check gates on two shifts- morning from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and evening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

As per PAC roster, ten(10) volunteers each from Ao, Angami, Sumi, Lotha, Chakhesang and Zeliang communities besides 20 volunteers from ENPO would man New Field Check Gate. Another 20 volunteers each from Ao, Angami and Lotha communities would man Dillai gate while a total of 80 volunteers – Sumi (10), Rongmei (10), Chakhesang (10), Rengma (5), Pochury (5), Kachari (5), Kuki (5), Garo (5), Gorkha (5) and South Nagas (20) – would man Burma Camp gate.

 PAC Convenor Vekhosayi Nyekha explained to media persons here Sunday, that the measure was because people have been suffering a lot due to such collections, which have had a direct and indirect bearing on their economic condition. 

He also said the PAC is a law abiding body and not trying to take the law into its own hand to thwart illegal tax demands but only as a means to assist law enforcement agencies. He said the PAC wanted to extend cooperation for removal of illegal taxation menace. 

Nyekha also pointed out that the PAC had apprised the state chief minister in its representation, about the menace and demanding enactment of stringent law to put an end to such activities where offenders are not allowed to go scot free and also to act as a deterrent. 

Nyekha also clarified that PAC was not against any NPG or organisation and lamented that multiple taxation arose due to division among NPGs. 

He said collection of tax in the name of national cause was in reality, just a pretext to fund their luxurious life style, which the general public cannot be made to fund. So it was time to put an end to such collections, he said. The PAC convenor maintained that roads were for movement of vehicles and not as means to collect illegal money. 

Nyekha also disclosed that PAC was aware of the fact that there were some government departments and agencies also collecting money illegally. He said that such government departments or agencies will not be allowed to collect money illegally. He however clarified that legal tax such as DMC toll tax would be allowed. 

He also warned that PAC that any consequence on transport owners and drivers resulting from its checkings will be construed as an “anti- Naga” act and will take stern action against any individual or organisation involved if it came to its knowledge. 

Nyekha expressed optimism that the proposed movement will discourage , collection of illegal money so that price of commodities would reduced to a great extent. 

PAC has sought full cooperation from tribal hohos in its efforts against the menace illegal collection of money and for the betterment of society and Dimapurians in particular. 

Though the measures by PAC was laudable, yet it has not spell out what would be its response to taxation notices issued on various shops and business establishments in Dimapur including unlawful syndication of business in Dimapur.



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