Dimapur, November 12: Condemning the decision of the Nagaland PDA Government to enhance the tax levied on petrol and diesel prices, the Naga People’s Front (NPF) today urged the PDA Government to immediately roll back the decision to increase taxation on petrol and diesel before it becomes too late to control its impact on a beleaguered and stressed society.
It said when the PDA Government formula to abstract money from the public through Covid-Cess was rejected by the Naga public, it subsequently withdrew it but the Government has come up with new formula to pump money from the public.
Terming it as a cruel decision, the NPF said the decision exposed the PDA Government’s inhumanity and utter disregard for public welfare yet again.
A press release issued by NPF Press Bureau said the increase in tax on petrol and diesel is a frontal assault on the right of the people to Food and Shelter, the two most basic needs for survival because it has a direct and escalating effect on the cost of essential commodities and construction materials.
“The NPF is stupefied that this sadistic decision comes at a time when the public is still valiantly struggling to cope with the cost of commodities that skyrocketed with the earlier increase in “Cess on petroleum products” and is yet to normalize even after the rollback of the infamous cess,” the release stated.
The NPF further said this “atrocious” decision would severely handicap the buying-power of a consumerist society whose economic capacity is already severely impacted by the pandemic.
“This will adversely affect the welfare and livelihood of thousands of citizens, especially the daily-wage earner, the private sector entrepreneur and employee, the small scale businessman etc. which in turn will have a ripple effect on their dependents, the rural economy and the whole of Nagaland economy considering how close-knit and inter-dependent the Naga society is,” it said. (Page News Service)