Wednesday, September 28, 2022

NTTU temporarily lifts economic blockade

Staff Reporter

Nagaland Timber Traders Union (NTTU) and its units Tuesday temporarily lifted the economic blockade on roads leading to Peren after the state government called for a consultation meeting between the two parties– NTTU and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Peren district on May 5.
Earlier during the day, timely action and intervention by police and administration averted a situation from taking an ugly turn near Molvom village when some youth from Peren opposing the blockade tried to remove the banner put up by NTTU volunteers.
Meanwhile, state government in a letter through commissioner Nagaland has convened a consultation meeting between NTTU and Peren CSOs on May 5, at 11 am in Kohima to deliberate on the issue. NTTU imposed the economic blockade after Peren CSOs allegedly banned transportation of timbers except saw products from Peren district.
NTTU president, Kevise Sogotsu said that on the request made by the government, NTTU and its affiliated units after thorough deliberation have temporarily lifted the blockade.
However, Kevise warned that if the outcome of the meeting was not favourable, it will impose indefinite total blockade on roads leading to Peren district. “We respect the government and will wait and see the government decision for our next course of action,” Kevise said.
NTTU also demanded that if they were not allowed to transport the timber, then CSOs of Peren district must repay the amount invested by them with interest. SDO (C) Medziphema, Tokai Sumi, at the meeting with the members of NTTU near Molvom village, requested the union to lift the blockade as government has convened meeting to discuss the issue.