Timber traders ask govt. to check tax disease
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, Nov. 15: Timber traders are unanimous in their demand to the authorities to remove check gates along highways, which according to them are a source of multiple taxation by government agencies and a hindrance to smooth operation of business.
Timber traders from various district units placed this demand before Nagaland’s minister of Forest, Environment and Climate Change CM Chang, during the 13th annual session of the Nagaland Timber Traders Union (NTTU). The event was conducted at the TL Angami Park in Chumukedima, on Nov. 15.
The NTTU submitted a memorandum to the Forest minister seeking immediate intervention. Among other demands, the organisation appealed for issuance of local transit permits (TP) for transportation of timber within the state. Also, the union appealed the minister to provide security to timber traders from Kiphire to Dimapur. The minister is also asked to limit checking specifically at source and at destination.
Speaking during the occasion, CM Chang advised the timber traders to follow government’s guidelines by paying tax regularly as required of them. He also reminded the members about the concept of ‘cutting one tree, and planting two.’ He assured to bring about changes to address the problems confronting the timber traders. He advised them to plant more trees and ‘leave behind good legacy for posterity.’
The president of the NTTU, Kevise Sogotsu, sought concerted efforts from the members in the fight against multiple taxations. He asked the units of the group to understand their responsibilities and to lend support to the NTTU in their fight against multiple taxations.
Kevise urged the members to seek God’s wisdom so that they do not resort to malpractices in performing their business.