Editorial

Inconvenient facts

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/8/2019 11:38:50 AM IST

 By the huge public support to the Public Action Committee(PAC) followed by solidarity from various organisations, there is no debate that the issue over extortions at check gates are serious issues. Several unions and organisations were also collecting taxes under the guise of ‘membership fees’ at check gates. No less grave are rampant illegal tax collections or extortions on various government departments, business firms and their owners. The hue and cry against illegal, unabated, multiple tax and syndication of business continue pose serious problem that have been aired all too often in public domain.  The efforts of volunteers of tribe-affiliates of Naga Council Dimapur(NCD) who carried out the week-long drive against illegal collections from September 17,2019  is laudable even if too much needs to be done to rid Naga society of this menace.   During the week-long drive by PAC,   its volunteers coming from various tribe-affiliates of the Naga Council Dimapur(NCD),  prevented   money being collected illegally by both government, non-government and parallel government agents . The gross amount  involved is  too huge to be stopped as it has become   a windfall and also livelihood for those involved.  The immediate impact was the drop in prices of potatoes and marginal decrease in other items. The significant lowering of price was notable in the case with the transport charge of sand from nearby Karbi Anglong which was reduced by a whopping Rs.4000 per truck according to PAC.  That means a trip of 450 cft sand from Deopani which used to cost Rs.17,550 per truck is cheaper by Rs.4000 per trip. One can only imagine how costly sand has been owing to these illegal taxations being imposed by various agents or collectors. The prices of almost all commodities in Dimapur are related with the huge amount of illegal and rampant taxes being collected by various state or non-state actors. It will take more than an occasion to really bring the price down for good and this is where the role of the constitutionally mandated government in the state comes in.  So far, the state government has yet to come out with its response in the form of an assurance on whether it  is concerned with the menace as ventilated by public through several rallies in the past including the evidence of illegal and multiple collections provided by the PAC volunteers. Even with regard to the report of the High Power Committee (HPC) headed by Justice(Retired) H.K.Sema submitted in October 2014, nothing has come out of it and least being public acknowledgement and disclosure of the contents.  Even the opposition in the assembly, the NPF and the other party outside the assembly, the Congress, have, for  reasons unknown, decided not to  take the ruling party alliance to task for its sins of omission or commission.  As in parliamentary democracy, the  Opposition’s main role is to question the government of the day and hold them accountable to the public. As obligated under the constitution to which all members have sworn allegiance and obedience to, the  Opposition  has a major role and has to  act to discourage the party in power from the self-inflicted paralysis that go  against the interests of the state and its people including the future generation. Perhaps,  political parties in Nagaland are ignoring these inconvenient facts because they are in some  ways responsible for creating the Frankenstein.  

 

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