NSCN (I-M) silent on ‘tax’

NTIMES 6JUN:  Ten days after the Action Committee Against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT), under the aegis of Naga council and other frontal organizations sought a sitting with the NSCN (I-M) leadership to discuss on possible streamlining of rampant taxation, ‘dealership and syndicate system’ issue, the latter has so far failed to commit on a date.

One ACAUT member told Nagaland Post if NSCN (I-M) failed to respond in the next few days, ACAUT members would initiate the next course of action, which would begin with a bandh in Dimapur district on June 10 (Monday).

The basis for this silence, according to sources was an ‘internal debate’ within NSCN (I-M) leadership on the issue of ‘syndicate and dealership system’ which it had purportedly introduced recently.

There seemed to be a dispute between those in favour of the dealership system and those against it, sources said.

Some NSCN (I-M) functionaries who have secured the dealership on different items/commodities were learnt to have already received ‘commissions/payments’ from their so called business partners who were the “go-in-between” in managing dealings in the market, one reason for which a meeting point apparently could not be reached.

ACAUT, meanwhile, justifiably exasperated on being made to wait for so long, said they have forwarded the memorandum on the resolve of the civil societies, which have already reached the table of NSCN (I-M) top leaders Th. Muivah and Isak Chishi Swu at Hebron camp.

Moreover, the group’s finance committee members already had a meeting held few days back to discuss on this issue. The cabinet and steering committee members also convened a similar sitting Wednesday, sources informed.

With searing support coming in from different civil societies from all around the state coming in on the taxation issue, NSCN (I-M) leaders through unofficial sources have reportedly asked ACAUT to wait for some more days, so that their internal issues could be resolved first before any meeting takes place.

The ACAUT decision to call the Dimpaur bandh was taken at the meeting of the civil bodies and public organizations Wednesday. NPN

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