Unchecked price hike is due to breakdown of governance, says Nagaland Congress

Dimapur: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) Chairman K Therie has claimed that law and order has broken down in Nagaland and the unchecked rise in prices is due to the breakdown of governance.

In a statement, Therie demanded the removal of interstate checkpoints in the state in light of GST and VAT while appreciating the recent removal of other checkpoints.

He said that while Chief Secretary J Alam expected lower commodity prices after control barriers inside the state were removed, this did not happen on the ground. .

Claiming that internal control gate extortion has only been transferred to wholesalers and retailers, the NPCC chief said more action was needed to bring down the price hike.

The basis for the price hike is compounded by corruption and extortion by all organs, agencies, registered companies, unions, associations and insurgents, he added.

Therie called on the administration, police and judiciary to work together to restore public order and control price gouging by forming an independent pricing commission with tax, weights and measures and other relevant departments and agencies, from Dimapur, the commercial capital of Nagaland.

According to Therie, the Essential Commodities Act and the Price Supporting Weights and Measures Act are no longer known to the people.

He said illegal extortion by corporations and insurgents is deeply rooted and has superseded the law in Nagaland.

Claiming that the state government has been out of control over the past two decades, he said extortion and corruption are firmly entrenched from top to bottom and no one is fit to cast the first stone.

“Words like percentage, commission, reduction, our government tax (not the people’s government tax) were all coined during the two decades of rule and they became law and practiced as conventional law,” he said. -he declares.

He said societies do not practice set wellness goals to encourage, promote and preserve high standards among people. Instead, hundreds of corporations, unions and associations are taking law and order into their own hands by undertaking law enforcement on soft targets among traders, he added.

“There is complete freedom to abuse and intimidate businesses and retailers, as we’ve seen in several viral music videos,” Therie said.

He also alleged that instead of upholding the Constitution and law of the land, many village councils and gaon burhas (village chiefs), who are expected to effectively manage law and order with customary laws and procedures , support illegal activities while the administration remains in place. mute spectator.

Coordinated efforts to enforce the law and customary laws are no longer the practice, he said.

Declaring the failures of the State Legislature to be “mighty,” Therie said, “It has been many moons since we have seen new laws to deal with a changing society and the growth of the economy.”

“Instead of despising the corrupt, people praise them and pray for them. This is the height of the hypocrisy of corruption,” he said.

Therie said the justice system has earned a huge trust deficit and criminals no longer fear repeat crimes. He said he was shocked to hear that all those accused of the attempted assassination of former Chief Minister Dr. SC Jamir in Piphima have been acquitted. “Someone told me the judgment made it look like Jamir had tried to kill himself,” he said.

Therie emphasized that the judiciary and the police should work together in the interests of the safety and security of the life and property of citizens. They must coordinate to implement common goals in the country’s law enforcement, he added.

Richard L. Militello