Sunday, August 14, 2022

Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation against review of blanket ban on tax

Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) said it was shocked to see the appeal made by some major Dimapur-based frontal organisations to partially reconsider the blanket ban on tax levied by Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC).
In a press note, NVCO said the state government was compelled to remove all police check-gates, pay-counters lying on highways except inter-state gates as this was the only solution to stop illegal taxation/cash collection at check gates and on any highways, keeping in mind that there was no provision to charge or collect any other tax/cash as Nagaland state has already implemented the Goods & Services Tax (GST).
Instead of appealing for partial reconsideration of the blanket ban, NVCO said denizens of Dimapur must come out stronger to support the government’s order, taking note of how various transport unions/associations had called for chakka jam/strike not to enter Dimapur due to forceful and illegal tax/cash collection, while on many occasions drivers and handymen were physically assaulted for not paying to their demands.
While strongly urging the state government to not reconsider its decision in any circumstances, NVCO said that the reconsideration of one district would paralyse all other district as it would demoralise the so-called District Inspection Team and would also tantamount to contempt of court (Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench’s order).


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