Dimapur, September 20: Observing that the main cause of price escalation as well as unregulated price of commodities is due to lease system introduced by the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), the Public Action Committee of Naga Council Dimapur has demanded that the lease system be abolished for good from October 2019.
It also demanded that the District Price Regulation Committee (DPRC) be revived with the inclusion of 2 PAC members with concerned departments in the committee to bring out rates for all commodities within a week.
In a representation to DC Dimapur today, the PAC warned that failure to rein in price escalation and regulate prices would force the PAC to resort to harsher means of agitation, including indefinite Dimapur bandh.
The PAC reminded that it had been trying its best to contain illegal collection by manning 3 check gates in Dimapur for five days now and would continue to do so till illegal collection is totally stopped.
It mentioned that the PAC officials interacted with the CEO, DMC and found that they control and regulate only items enlisted to them and the remaining commodities such as cement, iron rod, etc are under the control of the Deputy Commissioner. PAC officials also visited Food & Civil Supplies Department as DMC had informed them that the F&CS also regulated some price, however, the department claimed that they only collect price and don’t regulate.
The PAC stated that the main cause of price escalation and unregulated price of commodities is due to the lease system introduced by the DMC, which should be immediately abolished for good from October 2019.
“The PAC was expecting that there would be price fall but due to syndicates and lease system, it is impossible to contain price rise unless lease system is abolished,” it said.
The PAC said they found many organizations engaging in illegal collection of money, and demanded that all the license of all the unions, organizations engaged in illegal taxation be cancelled. (Page News Service)