TYOD lauds PAC’s initiative

DIMAPUR, NOV 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/17/2019 11:49:11 AM IST

Tenyimi Youth Organisation Dimapur (TYOD) has lauded Public Action Committee (PAC) for curbing the menace of collecting illegal money in the form of taxes by various Naga political groups (NPGs) as well as the State Government departments and agencies.

In a statement issued by its president Thejangulie Angami and general secretary Khrozote Kapfo, the organisation claimed that the people of Dimapur town and the entire district procuring or transporting essential commodities from the district had witnessed changes in prices after PAC have started its movement against illegal tax collection. The achievement within this short period was worth to be honoured by one and all, it added. However, TYOD expressed disappointment over threat and intimidation by NNPGs to the PAC leaders and their family members and condemned it.

Referring to the “One Government One Tax” resolution adopted on October 31 under the aegis of PAC and in the presence of all Naga tribal bodies, non-Naga communities and all mass-based organisation of Dimapur district, TYOD said multiple taxation and syndicate system run by the NPGs, besides the State government levying taxes on all commodities, had become a heavy burden for the general public.

However, regretting that neither NPGs nor the government heard the public grievances, the organisation said it was very unfortunate that the NNPGs had instead entered PAC co-convener’s residence and threatened him and his family members. 

Asserting that threatening, intimidating or any course of action that was detrimental to the welfare of general public would not be accepted by Tenyimi youth, the youth body urged all parties/groups to desist from such act that could spoil the peaceful atmosphere.

Appreciating the fact that the lease systems of Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) had been stopped following the PAC’s movement, the youth body urged the authority concerned never to entertain the system in the near future. 

It asserted that Tenyimi youth would never allow such lease system by DMC in toll booth as well as in all town area where the tax was applicable, and warned of resorting to any action as per law if such lease was introduced.

The youth body also requested the State government to introduce a neutral force like the army, Assam Rifle or CRPF in all the check gates of Dimapur district to assist the State force so as to maintain neutrality, besides controlling the illegal collection of money by various agencies. It stressed that unless a neutral force was introduced, the fate of general public relying only on the State force would remain uncertain due to the presence of various elements.

TYOD declared that the Tenyimi youth would stand with PAC under any circumstance as long as the movement was in the right direction and for the welfare of people.


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