ACAUT asks NSCN (IM) to clarify on four lane project tax demand

DIMAPUR, JUNE 18 (MExN): The Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland today asked the NSCN (IM) to clarify on reports and allegations that its members were involved in ‘tax’ demands with regard to the National Highway 4 lane project between Dimapur and Kohima.


A press note from the ACAUT media cell asked whether the NSCN (IM) demanded tax from the contractors involved in the 4-laning project and “if yes, whether it’s the policy of the NSCN (IM) to stop all developmental works in Nagaland pending final settlement of its peace-talks with the GoI?”


If not, the ACAUT questioned “whether rogue NSCN (IM) elements were involved in stopping the 4-lane works? If yes, what action is to be taken against such rogue IM cadres? And whether they would expose all these rogue elements with their complete identity and designations so that people of Nagaland know who these anti-people are?”


It asked the NSCN (IM) to provide an appropriate reply “within 3 days.” “In case the NSCN (IM) fails to give its reply within the stipulated time, then the automatic conclusion would be that it does not want Nagaland people to enjoy fruits of development. In case the problem persists, the ACAUT would be forced to appeal to appropriate authorities having unpleasant consequences,” it stated.


It also asked both Maytas-Gayatri and the Nagaland Contractors and Suppliers Union not to stop their works under any circumstances and ensure that this life line road for Nagas is not jeopardized. The ACAUT further reminded that workmanship and quality should not be compromised at any cost. Further, it urged the Nagaland State Government not to remain a mute spectator and at least assure the Naga public that works will not be affected by giving press release to the effect.


Meanwhile, the ACAUT reaffirmed its stand with the previous resolution of the Western Angami Public Organization that no entity shall be allowed to disturb the 4-laning of AH-1 under any circumstances. It called upon every citizen of Nagaland to safeguard and ensure that no hindrances are given for swift completion of the 4 lane road.


The ACAUT Nagaland further appealed to the Nagaland National Political Groups (NNPGs) Working Group to give a public undertaking to the people of Nagaland that the 4-laning works under AH-1, Nagaland sector, shall not be disturbed by taxation demands under any circumstances.

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