PAC to continue movement

PAC to continue movement
PAC officials and volunteers manning New Field Check Gate in Dimapur on Friday night.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEP 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/20/2019 11:50:53 AM IST

Convenor, Public Action Committee (PAC), Vekhosayi Nyekha, addressing the media, said though PAC will end its vigil against collection in check gates it was just the first phase in its determination to end illegal collections by state and non state actors. 

Nyekha disclosed that PAC was planning further moves on the issue but did not specify what these would be or when they would be launched.

Briefing media persons at the fifth day of “Operation Check Gate”, at Naga Council Office (NCD), Nyekha said PAC volunteers had stopped nine unauthorized welfare societies and unions from collecting money at check gates.

The nine unauthorized unions were collecting money at Rs. 100 to 150 per truck. Nyekha said after preventing such collections, a truck was saved from paying Rs. 1300 to Rs.1500 each while entering Dimapur. Nyekha also disclosed that the actual rate of transport by a six wheeler truck brings goods from Guwahati to Khatkhati was Rs. 19,000. However due to illegal collections, the transport charge inflated to Rs. 40,000. 

ACAUT, Tia Longchar, said prices of commodities in Dimapur was higher as compared to that of Kohima and Mokokchung, because of the illegal collections in Dimapur. He said the amount increased with increase of tyres of trucks. 

Nyekha however lamented that the government, particularly the district representatives, had not shown any concern towards the movement spearheaded by PAC. During the press briefing, members of PAC announced that if any individual, organisation or business men faced issues in regards to illegally collecting money, they could contact or inform the PAC officials, Vekhosayi Nyekha, #7005664039, Gokheto K Chophy, #7005440147, Tia Longchar, 9862588715, Vitho- O, 7005755180 and T Ngullie, 9612780245. 

Complaints should be submitted with evidences such as receipt, video or audio recording, pictures, etc. PAC also assured not to disclose the identities of the complainants. 

Furthermore, PAC had also submitted a representation to the Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, stating that after interacting with CEO of DMC, it was found that rates of commodities had not been revised since 2012. 

Holding lease system introduced by DMC responsible for price escalation and unregulated price of commodities, the PAC has urged the district administration to immediately abolish the lease system starting October 2019. 

PAC has also demanded immediate cancellation of licenses of scores of organisations and unions who were collecting money. PAC said that as head of the district, the DC should revive the District Price Regulation Committee by inclusion of two PAC members and to publicly display rates of all commodities within a week. PAC cautioned that failure to do so to rein in prices, would compel it to resort to “ a harsher means of agitations, such as indefinite bandh of Dimapur.” 


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