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GoI rebuffs NSCN (IM)’s right to collect ‘tax’

Nagaland News

Says forcible collection of money is extortion
DIMAPUR, JUNE 21: After the NSCN (IM) claimed legitimate right to collect taxes from the people, the Government of India has quickly reacted to the claim by stating that it does not recognize any such right by any other entity.

“Forcible collection of money by any entity is extortion which is a criminal offence punishable under the laws”, said a press release issued by the Office of GoI Representative and Interlocutor for Naga Peace Talks.
On the claim by the NSCN (IM) that the representative of Government of India having talks with them also recognize their right to collect taxes, the release rebutted the claim said such an erroneous statement is likely to cause confusion among the people.
“A Naga armed organization in the peace process has issued a statement recently, carried through the media, that they have a right to collect “tax” from the people and further added that their right has been recognized also by the Representative of the Government of India having dialogue with them.
“Such an erroneous statement is likely to cause confusion among the people. Taxation is a sovereign function which can be exercised only either by the Government of India or the State Government”, it said.
The release also claimed that all the Naga armed organizations engaged in the peace process have given a commitment against such collection of money.
(Page News Service)