Ravi sounds the bugle

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/13/2020 11:38:25 AM IST

 It was with great expectations that people welcomed the launch of the four-lane highway along NH 29 in 2016. However, even after three years, the four-lane road does not appear to be nearing completion as scheduled and now it  is destined to run much behind schedule and  could take another two years or more.  Even the quality of works has suffered as  exposed by none other than the supervising agency , National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) of the Ministry Of Roads Transport and Highways (MoRTH).  Governor of Nagaland R.N.Ravi who took over in August last year, has decided to put an end to all the alibis offered by the agency and authorities, after confirming that the cause was rampant extortion on contractors and NHIDCL by various armed groups. Ravi has directed the DGP Nagaland and IG Assam Rifles to ” take the most stringent actions” against  over half a dozen armed groups involved whose activities have jeopardised the project. Ravi has also promised that he would personally monitor the progress of the works on a monthly basis. The Governor’s concern is limited to NH 29 and remains to be seen how the problem is eventually resolved. After taking over,   Ravi has chosen to openly call a spade a when he reminded legislators of their mandate to govern and fulfil their constitutional obligations instead of only parroting for early solution to the Naga political issue. For decades, the growing trend of rampant, multiple, unabated and illegal taxation a.k.a extortion has practically put the brakes  on  economic development, whereby  the artery of progress is being strangulated by various elements whose activities are inimical to public interest. This is evident in many instances where government departments, public institutions and business entrepreneurs suffer regular harassments and threats. Tax collections and extortions have become the most destructive contributor against economic growth and societal peace in Nagaland. Due to such activities, many projects in the state have suffered and the ultimate losers are the people. The writ of the legally constituted government has largely diminished while a world of parallel authorities have taken upper hand,  which thrive on  the fear of unarmed and unorganised people.  Such acts has only served to legalise the illegal and spread fear and apprehension.   If development activities and business cannot be conducted due to feeling of insecurity then there is no use in trying to harp on promoting business and trade. If crime cannot be cracked down, then there is little use in raising more and more police force, especially armed battalions. In fact, too frequent use of armed battalions for policing job in itself is a clear admittance that the concept of policing is not only outdated but seriously flawed. Illegal taxation or extortion have been on public domain in a significant way since 2013 through ACAUT Nagaland and later in 2018-19 by Public Action Committee(PAC) of Naga Council Dimapur. The NGOs had a slogan ‘One Government One Tax’   and not ‘many governments and many tax’.  The public ire has led to evolution of the slogan  into ‘ Solution not Taxation’. The change of slogan is a significant and bold shift, which reveals a desire to remove the cloud of uncertainty and to close the chapter of forcible collections in the name of Naga national movement . ‘If’ the law comes down hard against those trespassers and ‘if’  the law does not brook any interference from any quarter and ‘if’  the various social and civil organisations broadly agree to let the law take its course in every matter; perhaps this could usher in a new Nagaland which Ravi envisioned.

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