Tax demands haunt Dmu business

DIMAPUR, JUN 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/22/2020 12:34:50 PM IST


Even as the current lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has adversely affected economic activities, various elements continue to impose tax from shops and business establishments in Dimapur.
This was revealed by media cell of the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Monday, which accused “some Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and other elements” of forcefully imposing and collecting taxes from shops and business establishments.
DCCI said it was learnt that “some NNPGs and elements” involved, were demanding taxes “item-wise” while intimidating the business community with the demands. It described the act asa an “extreme form of taxation” that would “surely sound the death knell of the business community.”
According to DCCI, due to extended lockdown period, many businessmen were undergoing untold economic hardship while many were not even able to pay rent due to closure of shops for a long period and many shops were yet to reopen. DCCI also said it was “unfortunate” that the action of the some NNPGs and elements came when resources and energy of society and government was focussed on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. DCCI pointed out that as a member of the COVID-19 District Task Force, it has been rendering all out support, assistance and cooperation with the district administration and civil societies as part of the common fight.
In view of the above, DCCI urged upon the NNPGs to understand the situation faced by the business community who have been trying their best to get back on their feet. At this juncture, DCCI said better sense should prevail and that resorting to intimidation or threat was not the answer since all were bound together under the crisis.
DCCI has appealed to the district administration and police to keep vigil to ensure the security and safety of the business community. Further, DCCI also disclosed that in response to its June 3 representation addressed to the DC Dimapur to take action on complaints received against student bodies and other organisations. It said these had resorted to rampant checking and raids conducted on shops and business establishments and seizure of tobacco products and imposition of fines on shops for sale of tobacco products.
DCCI said in response, the DC Dimapur on June 15,2020 stated that – shops selling cigarettes are to ensure a minimum of six feet distance from each other and that no more than five person can be present at one time at the shop. DCCI also said DC had stated that no permission was granted to any student bodies or organisations to raid or seize tobacco products.
Based on the DC’s order, DCCI informed all organisations to take due note and refrain from “unauthorised raiding and checking of shops in future”. Further, DCCI also appealed to all customers and shops selling cigarettes to strictly maintain social distancing as per DC’s order.
TGKD condemns
Meanwhile, Tsütoho Ghami Küghakulu Dimapur (TGKD) has condemned the “unlawful act of threat and intimidation meted out” to its member S. Kavito Aomi, assistant dy. director Food & Civil Supplies by three persons--Among Sangtam, Kiviho Sumi and Tiatemsu Ao. TGKD president Shikiho Yeptho and general secretary Kahoshe Tuccu, in a statement, informed that the trio had served “extortion demand” in the name of NSCN-K(YA) and also threatened the officer over phone.
TGKD termed the action of the trio as “unacceptable” in civilised society and warned that the above named would be held responsible, in the event of any harm befalling its esteemed member.
It also expressed deep gratitude to Dimapur Police for apprehending the above culprits and appealed to the police and law enforcement to award exemplary punishment so as to act as a deterrent against recurrence of such in future.

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