Monday, March 1, 2021

More orgs support demand for rollback of COVID-19 cess

Dimapur, September 22: The Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CNCCI) has supported the ultimatum served to the Government by civil societies to recall the COVID cess on petroleum products.
In a press release, CNCCI said it had from day one questioned the State Government and demanded rollback of the Covid cess on fuel and has forewarned that such steps during pandemic will affect already struggling business at a scale incomprehensible and will deeply pinch the general public who are the consumers.
CNCCI lamented that the Government, instead of removing the COVID cess, has put up a weight bridge at Dimapur for outbound vehicles to other districts limiting the load of a transport vehicle. Stating that it is not against the placement of such weight bridge, CNCCI said the Government should ask itself whether it has any road in Nagaland that befits such stringent steps and suggest the Government to implement such fancy theoretical concept after the roads in Nagaland comes to at least bare minimum standard.
The CNCCI claimed that with the imposition of COVID-19 fuel cess and weight bridge, the transportation cost of essential goods has shot up by 35-40%, and consequently the price of essential commodity will shoot up abnormally in coming weeks in many parts of the State including the state capital.
“CNCCI on behalf of the business community of Nagaland would like to make known to the Government and the public it is not the making of business community at its whims and fancies but due to Government policy. Therefore, the public should sympathize with the business community and make the government accountable,” it said.
DCCI: The Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has extended support to the ultimatum issued to the Government by various civil societies to withdraw Covid cess on petroleum products.
In a press release, the DCCI reminded the Government that the Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CNCCI) along with DCCI and Nagaland Petroleum Dealers Association were the first bodies to advice the Government that extra cess on petroleum products would result in negative business environment and cause social unrest.
Asking the Government to know that the unpopular COVID cess on petroleum product has impacted negatively both the business community and public alike, the DCCI urged the Government to rebuild the State’s economy amid COVID crises rather than be a stumbling block.
It appealed the State Government to immediately roll back the COVID cess to avoid the impending crisis that is on the anvil as the entire civil society and public is against the unpopular cess.
DNSU: The Diphupar Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) has extended support to the ultimatum issued by the Dimapur Naga Students’ Union to the State Government to roll back the cess imposed on petroleum products during the COVID crisis.
With the economy gradually opening up it has become imperative that the State Government revoke the COVID cess at the earliest so as to avoid inflicting further misery upon the citizens, it said.
The DNSU noted that the prices of petrol and diesel directly influences the entire economic mechanism as a result of which, it is the economically lower and middle income families that is hit the hardest.
Stating that the entire populace of Nagaland collectively supported the Government during this unprecedented time, the union said, “However, we do not see any logic in the cess still being imposed when the Government expenditure has drastically reduced and the citizens are made to pay for their own medical expenses.”
The DNSU demand that the Government listen to the grievances of the people and immediately roll back the COVID-19 cess, which otherwise would be construed as a step to meet the selfish needs of the current Government.
(Page News Service)