Govt to crack whip on illegal collection

Kohima: Nagaland Home minister Imkong Imchen reviewed at a high level meeting the situation arising out of extortion and illegal tax collection by various organizations, and unions in the state, particularly in and around Dimapur.

The meeting held at chief secretary`s conference room yesterday took stock of the situation due to illegal collections by various trade unions, associations and NGOs on highways and near check gates in the state and around Dimapur.

The meeting observed the business community bore the brunt of such illegal collections and ultimately the consumers became the victims as prices of essential goods and construction materials were spiralling in the town from where goods are supplied to other parts of the state.

The Home minister told newsmen after the meeting that he directed the law enforcing agencies to crack whip henceforth on such illegal activities even as the government does not object to formation of association or union but cannot allow them to resort to extortion. He said they have rights to collect membership fees from among their members but forceful collection from anyone in public places is illegal and the government cannot allow to happen this.

The Minister informed that the government decided to disband such associations and union henceforth, saying this decision was made under the compelling situation of price rise of various items in the market.

He said an official notification would be issued soon to this effect. The meeting was attended by Nagaland Home commissioner, DGP, additional DGP, forests secretary, law secretary among others.