Dimapur, September 14: Unabated illegal collections at check gates by different groups have forced the transporters to stop entering Nagaland with goods and essential commodities since past three days. As a result quite a number of vehicles are stranded in Karbi Anglong beyond New Field Check Gate and Dillai Gate.
According to sources, the transport vehicles entering Nagaland have to pay a hefty sum of money to different groups basing on the commodities, but of late, the demand from the transport vehicles have suddenly been hiked. This has prompted the transporters to stop entering Nagaland through the check gates.
Sources said that the truckers refused to enter Nagaland three days back and are still camping in Karbi Anglong. Due to the sudden strike by the transporters, loading of goods bound for Nagaland have also stopped in Guwahati and other places, sources said adding, it was not use loading the vehicles if the truckers refuse to ply to Nagaland.
The issue of illegal collection from transport vehicles has been raised at various platforms but nothing has been done by the government to stop it. Recently, the Public Action Committee of the Naga Council had written to Governor and Chief Minister of Nagaland to stop illegal collection of money at check gates and even had demanded to enact stringent criminal laws to check such practice.
Sources said that the collections are not only done by the cadres of Naga political groups but also by different unions and associations, while there are allegation of collections being done by government agencies also.
If the issue of the transporters is not resolved and they continue with their strike, it would greatly affect the commercial centre of the state, leading to shortage of essential commodities and price rise. The business community has already begun to feel the heat of the transporters’ strike as the commodities ordered by them have not reached Dimapur on time.
Talking to Nagaland Page, a local businessman expressed concern over the sudden strike by the transporters and said if the strike continues, it would affect his business.
He said goods vehicles have not entered Nagaland for the past three days.
Similar concerns were also raised by few other businessmen, who are mostly dependent on goods and commodities brought from outside Nagaland for sale.
It may be mentioned that the transporters have resorted to such measures in the past also, but the assurance from the state Government to check illegal collections made them change their decision and they started plying their vehicles. However, nothing much has changed as the menace of illegal collection continues even today.
(Page News Service)