AKIDA to continue with closure of LPG outlets

Correspondent Kohima, Jul 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/20/2020 12:51:02 PM IST

LPG distributors in Kohima municipality under the banner of All Kohima Indane Distributors’ Association (AKIDA) will continue with their indefinite suspension of all LPG services, which began since July 13. 

When asked if AKIDA has agreed to re-open LPG services as stated by AKMWP, AKIDA president Kuolachalie Seyie clarified that, since the demands of the distributors remain unfulfilled, the issue of re-opening of LPG services did not arise. 

 AKIDA, as per a representation addressed to chief secretary, commissioner and DGP on July 18 demanded legal action against miscreants involved in the assaults on LPG drivers on July 4 and 9,2020 and protection of the lives and security of LPG distributors (AKIDA) and business community in the state in general.

Asked about the discernible lack of trust with the law enforcement, the AKIDA president said that the miscreant involved was caught by employees and later handed to police. He said even after so many days, police have not been able to ascertain as to which particular faction the accused was from.

The AKIDA president also expressed apprehension that the accused will also be ultimately released on bail as with all such cases.

AKMWP, AMK appeal AKIDA to restart services

Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP) and Angamimiapfü Mechü Krotho (AMK), while expressing solidarity with the demands of the striking All Kohima Indane Distributors’ Association (AKIDA), have in separate statements, urged upon authorities to redress grievances of AKIDA and also requested the latter (AKIDA) to resume supply of LPG services to public.

According to AKMWP president Neibulie Kiewhuo and general secretary Thejao Sekhose, a joint meeting was held Monday among AKMWP , AKIDA and AMK to discuss the ongoing total and indefinite closure of LPG showrooms in Kohima since July 13, in protest against extortion and assault on employees of LPG dealers. 

AKMWP said according to AKIDA despite trying its best to serve LPG consumers in and around Kohima municipality, where despite hurdles for delivering cylinders to consumers, dealers were subjected to extortions at national highways and assaults on their employees.

Further, AKMWP said AKIDA also informed that despite several complaints, the enforcement authority had taken no concrete steps till date. After being appraised by AKIDA on its predicament, AKMWP urged upon the government enforcement agencies to speed up investigation on the matter and redress the grievances at the earliest.

AKMWP also urged upon the enforcement agencies to act promptly to built confidence of AKIDA. It also acknowledged the hardship faced by AKIDA as well as consumers and therefore appealed to the latter to resume delivery of LPG adding that AKIDA “agreed” to the request.

Meanwhile AMK through its vice president Alebu Sanchu and property secretary Atole Khatso, expressed concern over the plight of business communities and especially took strong exception to the “outrageous assault” on drivers of distributors by miscreants.

AMK said as the apex body of all Angami women, it lamented that business communities were subjected to harassment “perhaps by known groups, masquerading as miscreants and extortionists, demanding heavy tax on someone’s sweat and toil.”

AMK said “rampant unabated tax collection” has reached its nadir where even the dignity of labour among small time entrepreneurs to survive, was being jeopardised “by some bunch of crooks and hooligans.”

AMK said excessive extortion and forcible tax imposition by countless groups has haunted business community like nightmare as they suffer “deep psychological harassment” and shattered their efforts to serve people. These, it said has only pushed the business community on ventilator.

AMK also said extortion was a menace plaguing Naga society which needed to “be totally wiped out, as it is one way or the other, affecting the cycle of existence.” It also said that many unaccounted cases went unreported because of fear of repercussion.

AMK asked if such was acceptable in a civilised society and a “Christian state”? Further, AMK said this was “ a matter of great shame and totally contradicts the ethos of Naga society.” Slamming the state machinery, AMK asked the latter to “wake up from slumber” and play the role expected in a democratic set up. 

AMK also pointed out that a person booked on extortion and other charges was set free after five to ten days whereas as per the law, it invited imprisonment of up to five years. Under such circumstances faith of people on the justice delivery system was at stake and only reflected “the chaos in an administrative set up”, added AMK. It also said the government need to do justice on the faith reposed by citizens by reining in extortion, illegal taxation and other unabated collection so as to bring back civility, harmony and normalcy in society.


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