NSCN IM has legitimate right to levy taxes

Cease-Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) chairman Lt. General (Rtd) N.K Singh has recently asked NSCN (I-M) not to vitiate the spirit of the Cease-Fire Ground Rules (CFGR) and to stop “extortion”. Reacting to this, NSCN (I-M)’s Cease-Fire Monitoring Cell (CFMC) office Monday reiterated that NSCN as the “de-facto government” has “legitimate right to levy tax in Nagalim” and also asked his counterpart not to call taxes as extortion.

Pointing out that CFGR was a bi-lateral agreement signed between government of India and the NSCN, CFMC said whenever there were differences it had to be resolved by a higher cease-fire review committee meeting in Delhi.

It said during Monday meeting, CFMC had also raised the issue of “frequent” raids by AR on the residences of NSCN functionaries, which it said was violation of CFGR.

It stated that CFMC delegation while urging the CFMG chairman to honour the sanctity of the CFGR took serious note of dismantling of NSCN (I-M) Ao Region CAO office in Mokokchung by AR.

CFMC said the same spot was visited by the then chairman Lt. Gen (Redt) Kulkarni in 2004 when an understanding was reached to establish the CAO office there.

Further, CFMC said henceforth it would follow the precedence of not unilaterally going to the media about the discussion in the meeting other than giving a joint press conference or statement as practiced at all levels.

Source: Nagaland Post

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