Claims ‘even GoI recognizes this right’
DIMAPUR, JUNE 19: The NSCN (IM) has stated that collection of taxes by a government from its citizen is a legitimate right and it is not illegal.
In a statement issued by its MIP, the NSCN (IM) claimed that even representatives of the Government of India, who are engaged in political dialogue with NSCN leaders, recognize this right.
“It is pointless on the part of the critics to level false allegations on collection of taxes by the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN). Collection of taxes by a government from its citizen is a legitimate right and it is nothing illegal at all. Even the representatives of the Government of India who are engaged in political dialogue with NSCN leaders recognize this right,” it said.
The statement, however, said the GPRN is opposed to extortions and excesses if ever committed by the collectors. “That is the area the government (GPRN) has to deal with strong hands”, it stated.
Stating that it focuses on issues and have made commendable achievements to some extent on vital issues of both internal and external affairs (matters), the statement said it is not new to “the restlessness of critics and adversaries” trying to smear NSCN’s image in the eye of the world with destructive scheme of things.
“NSCN put on record to assert that a number of devious plans had been executed by the adversaries to murder the Naga national issue, but the Naga people survived by His grace from all the attempts and God willing we shall survive in the future too”, it added. (Full Text)
(Page News Service)