Dimapur, June 23: The ACAUT Nagaland has extended solidarity with the business community who are facing unchecked extortion from NPGs.
Reacting to the statement issued by the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on unabated taxation by NPGs, the ACAUT said the business community are reeling under several economic losses due to the worldwide pandemic crisis and the “item-wise” taxation is the last straw that will break the camel’s back.
ACAUT said it always stood on the principle of “one government, one tax”, as it was fully aware how rampant taxation has ruined the investment of the business and indirectly made common public suffer the most.
“Hence, every tax forcefully imposed by UGs is not acceptable,” it stated.
Stating that Nagaland Government is so engrossed with day to day issues relating to Covid-19 that law and order has become the first casualty, the ACAUT said rampant extortion and multiple taxation is happening right under the nose of the authority even at the police check-gates.
“The tempo towards a political settlement seems to have lost its steam and the bent-up frustrations and failed aspirations has negative offshoots in the form of forceful collection and unabated taxation. With a weak economy turning sick in a stagnant economy of our State, that it will only breed more parasites especially with scores of thousands young returnees and the state already under deep financial crisis.
“If the Government of the day does not take the taxation menace by its horn once and for all, there will always be a new factions popping up and fighting over taxation turf and supremacy which will again start the vicious cycle of fratricide and take our State back to dark age once again,” it added. (Page News Service)