NPRAAF demands implementation of HPC recommendation to curb multiple taxation

NPRAAF demands implementation of HPC  recommendation to curb multiple taxation
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Dimapur, July 26: The Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) today said that the state Government should not delay to implement the recommendation of the High Power Committee (HPC) report to curb multiple taxation in the state which is burdening the public as huge amount of money was spent for the recommendation of the HPC report.
In a press release, the NPRAAF stated that it had filed RTI application in the office of Chief Minister of Nagaland on April 12, 2016 seeking to know the contents of the recommendation made by 3-member HPC report headed by former Supreme Court Judge, H K Sema to curb multiple taxation in the state.
It disclosed that the RTI Application was transferred by CMO to Home Department, Government of Nagaland on May 12, 2016, and after much delay the Home Department replied only about the expenditure incurred by the 3 member committee which was Rs 47.88.476 lakh during the 10 months time of writing the report.
However it said the Government has not revealed anything about the HPC recommendation to this day even after series of appearance and arguments between NPRAAF and Home Department officials before the State Information Commission (SIC) for final hearing.
The release further stated that NPRAAF and Home Department were summoned by SIC for hearing on February 16, 2018 and both placed argument before the SIC.
The NPRAAF argued that after the enactment of RTI Act, 2005, Right to Information is no more a constitutional right. Stating that now, RTI is only a statuary legal right, information cannot be denied.
Home Department reiterated its earlier stance that, since the report is a Cabinet paper under sec 8 (1) (i) of RTI act 2005, a copy of the report cannot be furnished at this stage as requested.
Since the verdict was not announced by the SIC, the NPRAAF requested the Home department to give in written its response on record.
It said only two questions were finally responded in written by the Government on July 18, 2018 after inordinate delay.
NPRAAF had asked the Government to produce true certified copies of the entire report and the recommendation of HPC on illegal/unabated taxation to which the Home Department replied, since the report is a Cabinet paper under sec 8 (1) (i) of RTI act 2005, a copy of the report cannot be furnished at this stage as requested.
In another query, the NPRAAF had asked whether the Government of Nagaland has taken any step/action based on the report and recommendation submitted by HPC to which the Home Department replied, the report is under examination, therefore no action can be initiated until final decision is taken by the cabinet.
NPRAAF viewed the response of the Government to NPRAAF referring to sec 18 (1) (i) as wrong understanding of the RTI Act, and is trying to dodge the question.
It said the public has every right to know the recommendation made by HPC as multiple taxation is a concern for all Nagas and huge public fund was spend for the committee. (Page News Service)