Says, it’s encouraging illegal collection
Dimapur, October 11: The Public Action Committee (PAC) of Naga Council Dimapur has demanded stop on the practice of lessee system of Dimapur Municipal Council. It said only DMC deputed staff should collect and staff on duty should be in uniform with name tags.
In a representation to the Nagaland Chief Secretary, submitted through Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, the PAC also demanded that commodities without GST should be properly regulated with proper rates and challans to ensure that revenue reaches state exchequer.
It also demanded the government to strictly notify which departments are eligible to collect what tax with proper chart and receipts.
The PAC demanded the Chief Secretary to stop police personnel from collecting money; to immediately cancel/band organizations collecting money at gates’ to immediately ban syndicates and allow free open market; and to ensure that district administration regulate prices of all commodities at regular intervals.
The PAC expressed shock that no price have been regulated since 2012 in Dimapur.
The representation signed by PAC convenor, Vekhosayi Nyekha and co-convenor, K Gokheto Chophy stated that in the recent ‘Operation Gate’ from September 16 to 21, where all three entry gates of Dimapur were manned by tribal hoho volunteers, it was found that many unauthorized collection of money took place, levying of irrelevant tax, royalty much beyond the rate were detected.
The PAC said it was found that two departments, Forest and Geology & Mining were collecting royalty for the same item.
It further noted that the lease system of Dimapur Municipal Council to collect tax by employees of leasee is one of the main cause encouraging illegal collection. It said rates fixed by various departments were not followed and levied much beyond rates stipulated.
The PAC stated that such collection take place right in front of police manning the gates and presence of police have become good collection points.
The PAC further stated that it had sought to know from the district administration as to which departments are to collect what tax, royalty etc, but till date it has not been furnished any details.
It also viewed that after the introduction of GST, what tax should be required.
The PAC also observed that commercial vehicles crossing the gates are obliged to pay money to police.
It said the PAC is not against the administration or the government of the day but against the unabated illegal and rampant collection of money.
It reiterated to continue to monitor and contain the ills prevailing in Dimapur with the help and support of government, civil societies and tribal hohos. (Page News Service)