DIMAPUR, Nov 8: Anti-graft group Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland expressed shock at the Naga national political groups (NNPGs) personally attacking two leaders of public action committee (PAC) of Naga Council Dimapur and termed it ‘uncalled for’.
In a release on Friday, ACAUT chairman Tia Longchar and secretary Hetoi Chishi said the PAC under the leadership of Vekhosayi Nyekha and K Ghokheto Chophy have been rendering “selfless yeoman service for the most pressing problem of the Naga public which is unabated and multiple taxation”.
The anti-graft group took umbrage at the NNPGs for accusing PAC leaders of treating Naga freedom fighters and their children with contempt and said it was a “diversionary tactic” from the real issue at hand. “It is an open secret that most of the high-ranking officials of different Naga political groups are living luxurious lifestyle ever since the enforcement of ceasefire,” it said. Pointing out that it was common knowledge that unabated taxation by various groups has been going on under the very nose of surveillance agencies, the anti-graft body questioned the government of India as to why ration cards are not sanctioned to NNPG members for their sustenance and survival in their designated camps when guns are given to card holders under the ceasefire ground rules.
The PAC leaders, it said, have the mandate of their respective tribes and organisation as they are representatives sent by different NGOs and tribal apex bodies. They collectively represent the voice of the people in its sustained outcry against unabated taxation. The group recalled the “Naga Concordant” in which the NPGs, in principle, agreed to the formation of “Naga national government through its Lenten Agreement of 2014”. “It was eagerly awaited by the public of Nagaland that this would mean ‘one government one tax’ but sadly it could not materialise,” it rued.
The group urged that the opportunity to engage in open dialogue and discussions be used to transform Nagaland from a begging mentality to that of abundance and opportunities for the future generation. “When people are looking with hope and expectations, answers should be based on the fair and just policies as the issue is out in the open,” it added.