Dimapur, June 22: The Dimapur Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) has expressed concern that some Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and other elements are forcefully imposing and collecting tax from shops and business establishments.
In a press release, the DCCI said some NNPGs are now demanding taxation “item-wise” and intimidating the business community to meet their demand. “This extreme form of taxation will surely sound the death knell of the business community. Due to extended lockdown, many businessmen are undergoing untold economic hardship and many are not even able to pay rent due to closure of shops for a long period. Besides, many shops and markets are yet to open their shutters,” it said.
“This is most unfortunate as it comes during a time when the resources and energy of the whole society and government is focused on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Calling upon the NNPGs to understand the situation of the business community who are trying their best to get back on their feet, the DCCI maintained that at this juncture, better sense should prevail. It said resorting to intimidation or threat is not the answer as “we are all bound together in humanity.”
The DCCI further appealed to the district administration and police to keep vigil and ensure security and safety of the business community.
Raid by student bodies, orgs
Meantime, DCCI informed that on June 3 it submitted a representation to the DC Dimapur, after the chamber received complaints that student bodies and other organizations were resorting to rampant checking and raiding of shops and business establishments and seizing tobacco products. It was also reported that some organizations were imposing fines on shops selling tobacco products.
In the representation, the DCCI urged the district administration to take action against such unauthorized raids and checking.
In response to DCCI representation, the DC Dimapur informed that no permission has been granted to any student bodies or organizations for raiding and seizing of tobacco products.
The DC added that shops selling cigarettes will ensure minimum six feet distance from each other, and also ensure that not more than 5 persons are present at one time at the shop.
The DCCI reminded organizations to take note of the DC’s order and to refrain unauthorized raiding and checking of shops in future. It also appealed to customers and shops selling cigarettes to strictly maintain social distancing as mentioned in the DC’s order. (Page News Service)