In retaliation to the ban imposed on transportation of timbers except saw products from Peren district to outside by civil society organisations of Peren district, Nagaland Timber Traders’ Union (NTTU) and its affiliated units on Tuesday resolved to impose economic blockade on Peren district starting from May 2, 2022.
The decision to impose economic blockade was taken at the general body meeting of NTTU, Chümoukedima Timber Traders’ Association (CTTA) and Dimapur District Timber Mill Owners’ Association (DDTMOA) held in Dimapur on Tuesday.
At the meeting, the house also decided that business establishments in Dimapur and Chümoukedima run by inhabitants of Peren “will not be allowed to operate.” The timber traders further decided to prohibit timber coming from Peren to other districts with effective from April 26, 2022.
NTTU president, Kevise Sogotsu, CCTA president, Khenito Sumi and DDTMOA president, Mughato Yeptho alleged that CSOs of Peren without justification have banned transportation of round logs beyond Peren district without taking into consideration of the interest of members of NTTU, who have invested crores of rupees in purchasing/leasing timbers forest areas in pockets of Peren district.
Earlier on December 6, 2021, NTTU, in a representation submitted to the deputy commissioner (DC) Peren, urged DC to issue directive to the Peren CSOs to pay back the invested amount of Rs. 6, 67, 55,709 together with interest @ 12% per annum to the timber traders within 15 days from the date of submission of the representation in the event of the Peren CSOs sticking to ban.