Kohima: The Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CNCCI) has expressed surprise as the Municipal Department and the various Municipal bodies have allowed the Municipal Councils to collect taxes at the inter-state check gates on goods-laden trucks according to the numbers of tyres of the trucks.
According to a press release issued by CNCCI Chairperson Khekugha Muru and General Secretary Seyievilie Mor, “this shameful system is found only in Nagaland” and called for a halt to all such collections “as there is no logic or reason” to levy entry or toll tax, when all requisite taxes have been paid by transporters during registration and renewal of truck licence and payment of trade licence and sanitation tax has been made to operate a transport agency.
Meanwhile, the CNCCI welcomed the Nagaland Home Department’s order to ban all the government and private check gates across Nagaland.
It asked the State Government to implement the order with full commitment and produce results on the ground.
The CNCCI said that “while one of the main reasons for the GST regime is to make check gates free and make movements of goods hassle free across India, in Nagaland contrary to the objective over the years check gates in Nagaland have been mushrooming.”
The CNCCI said that this has been a long pending demand made of the business community to the government time and again, since most of these check gates exist without any relevance or validity but its sole purpose being collecting taxes and “fleecing the hard-earned money of the business community and transporters.”
Meanwhile, it welcomed the Nagaland Home Department’s order to ban all the government and private check gates across Nagaland. It asked the government to implement the order with full commitment and produce results on the ground.