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Uncontrolled price hike due to collapse of governance: NPCC

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DIMAPUR, JUNE 4: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) today said the expectation of Nagaland Chief Secretary that prices of commodities in the market will fall with the removal of check-gates in the State has not happened and attributed the uncontrolled price hike to collapse of governance.
“Uncontrolled price hike is due to collapse in governance”, said NPCC president K Therie in a press release.
The Congress party claimed that with the removal of check-gates “internal gate extortions were only transferred to wholesalers and retailers”. “More actions are required to bring down the price hike. The basis of price hike is compounded with corruption and extortion by all the organs, agencies, registered societies, unions, associations, and insurgents”.
The party, however, appreciated the removal of check-gates inside Nagaland and also demanded removal of inter-state check-gates in view of GST and VAT.
The NPCC claimed that the Essential Commodities Act and Weights and Measures Act that sustain prices are no longer known to the people, while illegal extortion by societies and insurgents are deeply rooted and has replaced the law in Nagaland.
“State Government has lost control for the past two decades. Extortion and corruption are firmly rooted from top to bottom. No one is fit to throw the first stone. Words like percentage, commission, cut, our govt. tax (not people’s Govt. tax), have all been coined during two decades’ rule and these have become the law and practiced as conventional law”, it alleged.
According to NPCC, societies do not practice defined welfare objectives to encourage, promote and preserve high standards amongst people, rather hundreds of societies, unions and associations are taking law and order into their own hands by undertaking enforcement upon soft targets from amongst the traders.
“There is complete freedom of abusing and intimidating business houses and retailers as we have seen in multiple viral video clips”, it alleged.
“Law and order has collapsed in Nagaland. The executive machineries do not go by the book of law. They go by verbal dictates of Ministers and MLAs. Their advice to the public is to compromise for future safety”, the party claimed.
NPCC claimed that coordinated efforts in enforcing law and customary laws are no more the practice, rather they confront each other. “Customary law is a sovereign authority of the State of Nagaland. Village Councils and GBs are expected to deal with law and order effectively with customary laws and procedures. Upholding law and order is a major responsibility of the VCC and GBs. Instead of upholding the Constitution and the law of the land, many support unlawful activities while administration remains a mute spectator. Upon failure of customary law, it is the responsibility of the Administration to enforce the law of the land. They end up blaming each other and in between the public are left unprotected”, it stated.
On State Legislative Assembly, the NPCC said its failures are many. “For many moons we have not seen new laws to deal with an evolving society and the growth of economy”, it claimed.
Stating that civil societies and NGOs make a hue and cry in local papers but finally seek party tickets from the very ones they criticize, the Congress party alleged, “They shamelessly exhibit their cars earned through bribes. They proudly construct palatial buildings with bribe money. Instead of despising bribe takers, people praise and pray for them. This is the heights of hypocrisy of corruption”.
On Church, the NPCC said the Church well understands the predicament therefore the clean election campaign. “Who does not want that? But do the demands of bribe rise from the political workers or should we call them dalal/brokers? Now voters want to take directly from candidates and so demand house to house visits defying the Church”, it alleged.
Regarding judiciary, the party said it has earned a huge trust deficit. “Criminals no longer fear to repeat crimes. They have become more dangerous to victims after being freed. Deliberate delay and lethargic process of litigation and weak judgments are responsible for people rushing their aggrieved cases to insurgent courts for speedy judgments and accept even wrong judgments.”
“I was shocked to learn that all accused in the attempt of Dr. SC Jamir assassination at Piphima were acquitted. Someone told me the judgment looked like Jamir had attempted his own life. From the judgment, the people and the police have lost trust in the Judiciary. If the judiciary cannot deliver justice, we are inviting dictatorship, mafias and organized criminals to do justice”, it said.
Again touching on the issue of price rise, the NPCC said if the Governor and Chief Secretary really mean to bring down prices, there is a requirement of amend the attitude of Government machineries, guardians of customary law, civil societies, unions, associations and particularly the judiciary and police should work together in the interests of safety and security to life and properties of the citizens.
“They must coordinate to implement common objectives in enforcing the law of the land”, it suggested.
The party appealed to the administration, police and judiciary to work together to restore law and order and control price hike by forming independent pricing commission with Taxes, Weights and Measures and other Departments and agencies concerned, beginning from Dimapur, the commercial capital of Nagaland.
“Stop all illegal collections, extortions and unauthorized groups from taking law into their own hands. People or entrepreneurs can be questioned by Government authorized agencies. However, registered societies are supposed to work to promote and improve the living standards and not to torture people. Through these coordinated efforts, the public should learn to trust the law and order agencies”, it added.
(Page News Service)