Kohima, May 1: Protesting the Nagaland government’s decision imposing COVID-19 cess on petroleum products, the Kohima District Congress Committee (KDCC) today submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner demanding its immediate roll back.
KDCC president Kevi Vizo along with his officials and vice president of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee, Khriedi Theünuo submitted the memorandum to DC Kohima Thejawelie Gregory Sote at his chamber.
Through the memorandum, the KDCC said that imposition of COVID-19 cess on diesel and petrol at the rate of Rs 5 and Rs 6 respectively is not acceptable.
Stating that the cess will result in price rise across commodities, KDCC pointed that people have lost business and jobs while development activities are halted, industries closed and farming activities affected for those living in Urban Areas.
It said imposing extra tax in this situation is adding salt to injury.
Pointing out that people are paying petrol and diesel cess to the State Government at price that are already unaffordable, KDCC said it is most unreasonable for the Government to Impose petrol and diesel cess despite of crude oil prices being at their lowest in twenty years time.
“We are paying Rs.76.86 and 68.27 per litre respectively as of today. Besides that, petrol pump owners are forced to pay several unofficial taxes because Government has no control rather its policy is to felicitate and support, it said.
Stating that State Government has passed a Rs 21,049 crores budget, KDCC said this money is available with the Government.
In addition, the State Government has received State Disaster Response Management Fund and perhaps Prime Minister CARES fund too, while NEC has released grants and the Centre is supplying PPE materials, besides the government also receiving donations.
The KDCC therefore said instead of raising cess to increase prices, government should restructure the state’s economy to stimulate economic growth and bring down prices in line with the Centre’s policies. (Page News Service)