Dimapur : The movement initiated by Action Committee Against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) is gaining momentum in Nagaland with more and more people supporting it.
The Committee is formed early this year to check the rampant imposition of illegal tax on the people especially the business community by various organisations particularly the Naga underground outfits.
Meanwhile, ACAUT, buoyed by huge public support is organizing a rally in Dimapur on coming October 31 as part of its public awareness campaign. The rally itself is christened, Public Awareness Rally.
It can be noted here that ACAUT had called Dimapur bandh against the rampant imposition of illegal tax on the people by various outfits.
The ACAUT had said the bandh was just a pointer of things to come unless concerned organisations and authorities accede to our demands or put mechanisms in place to curb unabated taxation and ultimately price rise, namely, dealership and multiple taxations by underground organisations and price rise which is the prerogative of government to check.
The move was initiated unable to bear any longer on the rampant imposition of ‘taxes’ on the business community and also on the general public.
ACAUT wants that there should be only one tax payable to any one underground group. ACAUT also stated earlier that the ‘back-breaking’ multiple taxes on goods imposed by underground groups should be abolished immediately.
‘Irritants’ such as trade license tax, ID tax, registration tax, calendar donations, Christmas and New Year donations, etc. shall not be entertained anymore.
The ACAUT also wants that the yearly tax payable to different underground organisations should not be increased arbitrarily under any circumstances and therefore, amount payable shall be the same as in 2012.
The creation of the new system of ‘dealership’ by underground groups has been strongly condemned. For instance, it was pointed out that under this latest innovation to milk businesses dry, there is only one poultry dealer/supplier in the whole of Dimapur district and no poultry can be sold in the open market without the consent of this poultry dealer.
It can be noted here that the ACAUT had met the NSCN-IM, the NSCN-Khole/Kitovi and others on the issue.
ACAUT had also listed some other factors that cause to price rise which include DMC toll gates, police check gates, Deopani sand syndicate, Vegetable syndicate, Pan patta syndiacate, Cement and hardware syndicate, Fish and dry fish syndicate, Egg syndicate, Dry supari syndicate, Second hand clothes syndicate, Poultry product vendor union and Butcher vendor union.
The list is not exhaustive. To tackle taxation on a wider scale ACAUT will further pursue to form a fact finding committee to study and compare price of commodities in Nagaland and Assam. It will also meet the state chief minister and the governor and also submit representation to judiciary of Dimapur district.
The sale of all syndicate controlled poultry products including local chicken is henceforth banned throughout the state indefinitely, startingJune 18. Anyone found selling poultry shall be doing so at their own risk. This ban shall stay in force till the price comes down to an acceptable level on par with neighbouring Assam, according to ACAUT.