DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBR 22: The Public Action Committee of Naga Council Dimapur today ended its 5-day picketing of check gates in Dimapur.
Talking to media persons, PAC convenor, Vekhosayi Nyekha said they have formed a core committee with 11 members and requested the public for cooperation to end the menace of illegal collection. He urged the public to inform the committee if anyone ties to collect unauthorized taxes.
“We will not take law in our hands but will inform the police and the district administration to nab the culprits,” he said.
Stressing on the people’s movement to end illegal taxation, Nyekha reiterated, “We have resolved that this movement will be continued following other phases of actions and we have given representation to the district administration to tackle the price issue, if they fail to do so at the stipulated time of one week which was mentioned in the memorandum submitted to Dimapur district administration, then the PAC shall organize an indefinite bandh,” and sought public cooperation.
Nyekha further stated that the PAC will be having meetings with the business communities to streamline prices in the market.
Hilo Kemp, PAC member, said the greatest achievement of the movement was the awareness created in Nagaland about how people are paying huge amounts due to illegal taxations, as well those responsible behind the price rise. “People have jointly come forward to end the scourge of taxation through this five days picketing,” he said.
Another PAC official stated that the NPGs collect Rs 32,000 to Rs 52,000 and beyond depending on the numbers of wheels the LP trucks enter Dimapur carrying essential and non essential commodities. 60% of truckers divert their destination route through Jiribam avoiding the Dimapur check gates.
Meanwhile, the PAC expressed gratitude to all PAC volunteers who had manned all the three check gates for the last five days. It also acknowledged thanked all tribal Hohos, frontal organizations, district administration, police and public for their support. (Page News Service)