Kohima: The Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and the Business Association of Nagas (BAN) have appreciated the Government of Nagaland for its’ latest order to close all check gates, where various Government agencies, organizations and underground organisations have imposed illegal taxation on every vehicles entry and exit points of state, which was a long-standing demand of the public and business community.
In a release issued by DCCI welcomed the recent order of the Nagaland Government to remove all check gates in the State, barring inter-state check gates and urged the Government to strictly implement the orders this time.
It reminded that various Government departments and agencies have made a “mockery” of past government notifications on banning check gates by re-opening check gates and toll booths.
It maintained that “illegal taxation” contributes to price rise in the state. The DCCI said the removal of check gates will have a positive cascading effect on prices of essential commodities and other goods.
It stated that Dimapur based transporters are still facing the brunt of illegal taxation and harassment from various groups and anti-social elements.
“These groups and elements are indulging in ‘middlemen’ practices and pressure tactics on transporters including forced closure of transport offices and subtle threats through SMSs,” DCCI informed.
In a separate statement the President of BAN L Mongkum Jamir said that the move of the State government to dismantle check gates was a “proactive decision” towards building a business-friendly economy.
He, however, expressed grief that most people ‘celebrate Government job holders’ and not job creators like business people, who also contribute to the economy of the nation.