By Imna Longchar
Dimapur (Nagaland), Sep 14: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) on Tuesday has termed the one- day business shut-down in Dimapur on September 16 called by the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in protest against rampant multiple and illegal taxation by NPGs and government agencies as a “grim reminder” of how the elected government has failed the people and the state.
According to NPCC, the state government run by regional parties like NPF and NDPP together with BJP have only managed to create a situation where they have allowed illegal taxations to flourish while condemning law abiding citizens to live under constant threat posed by nefarious elements who were allowed to hijack the writ of the state.
Stating that the Nagaland government cannot absolve itself from this mess by shifting focus on unresolved Naga political issue, NPCC said it is an irony that the state government and its agencies have become the “biggest extortionist” thereby setting trend for nefarious elements taking shelter in various NPGs to increase their activities.
“Extortion is now the only full-fledged industry in Nagaland and is no longer cottage industry as perceived in earlier times. This is the only achievement of regional parties, NPF and now NDPP running the government with BJP since 2003,” said NPCC.
It also stated that the silence of the public has only aggravated their plight with skyrocketing prices on every market item that has put the cost of living to unmanageable level for many families and further added that the choice before the silent majority in Nagaland is to perish like fools by continually remaining silent or finding courage beyond narrow clan and tribe interest to resist mis governance and nefarious elements and restore order in our society.
Meanwhile, the NPCC has extended its solidarity to the call for business shut-down in Dimapur on September 16 by DCCI and the statewide shut-down called by Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CNCCI).
It further urged upon every right thinking citizens irrespective of political affiliations to come forward and hold the elected government accountable for abdicating their duty and responsibility towards the people.