Dimapur, October 14: The Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) has asked the State Government to stop toll tax collection in Nagaland as the Goods & Services Tax (GST) implemented in the State covers everything.
In a statement, NVCO said collection of cash at check-gates/highways on the movement of goods across State should be stopped under the GST regime. It reminded that several states in the country and North-east states including Meghalaya Government had denotified all taxation check gates to allow movement of goods across country under the GST regime.
NVCO said collection of cash at the check-gates and on highways including toll tax collected by the municipal/town council, illegal collection of cash by Nagaland police, public organisation and several other federation/groups/organisation/unions on carriers is the root-cause of price-rise in the market and finally all these cash collections are realised from the helpless consumers.
Despite of the State Government standing order in banning of collection of cash at the check-gates/highways and the Gauhati High Court order disallowing associations/ organisations/federations/unions from collecting cash on any highway in any manner, NVCO president Kezhokhoto Savi alleged that several organisations/ groups/federation including Nagaland police still collect cash/illegal collection at the check-gates in the State.
“Therefore, the NVCO asked the State Government to stop toll tax collection in the state with the implementation of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) in the state as GST has covered everything,” it said.
Meanwhile with regards to ‘AKIDA responds to NVCO’, the release said the NVCO has only questioned the State Government particularly the District administration on the shortage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) with an appeal to understand the huge gap between demand and supply and “at point of time pointed out the LPG distributors of Kohima.”
The NVCO, however, said it still stands by its statement that LPG is easily available in black market and at time the consumers are compelled to even look for it when they don’t get LPG at the distributor counters with gas card.
The NVCO admitted that the shortage of LPG supply this time is due to road blockade of NH-29 as a result of natural calamities, but said even on earlier occasion the shortage was common and citizens queuing up outside LPG counters for long hours had become a tradition. (Page News Service)