Mokokchung, October 30 (MTNews): The Against Corruption And Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland has on Sunday appealed to the Prime Minister of India to fructify the agreements arrived at after decades of negotiations with stakeholders and to deliver on his promise to bring solution to the protracted Naga political issue. ACAUT Nagaland also reminded that it is now five years since the 2018 election was held on the promise of “Election for Solution” made by the then designated BJP North-East incharge Ram Madhav.
ACAUT Nagaland in a press release a “flickering ray of hope” is still with the BJP Government at the Centre to fulfill the aspiration of the people by giving an “honourable settlement by this Christmas, which will be the last before the upcoming election.”
Stating that October 31, 2013 public rally organized by ACAUT “against the yoke and shackles of unabated taxation and corruption in spite of the stiff opposition from those who live by the diktat that power flows from the barrel of the gun” resulted in the formation and subsequent report of the High Powered Committee against the whole gamut of unabated taxation, ACAUT regretted that it still has not yet seen the light of the day.
‘One Government One Tax’
The public resolution of “One Government One Tax” elicited massive people response as it was the logical antidote against unabated taxation after the declaration of “One Naga National Government” by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) in the Naga Concordant of 2011, ACAUT said.
It went on to say that the Government of India (GOI) continues to recognize and extend ceasefires with various Naga Political groups without confining them to their designated camps or restricting the use of combat arms by various card holders.
“Neither is there any clause under the present Ceasefire Monitoring rules for providing allowances and rations to those under Ceasefire unlike those under the Peace Camp at Kohima,” it stated, and added that was why most of the Naga Political groups “squeeze every penny from the general public for their survival and upkeep.”
ACAUT further stated, “This diabolical myopic double standard policy of the Ministry of Home Affairs has created a huge trust deficit.”
‘Solution before Election’
The final public resolution of ACAUT’s first public rally was to expedite the Indo-Naga political solution and with the signing of both the Framework Agreement and the Agreed Positions, ACAUT endorsed the mandate “Solution before Election ” in 2018, ACAUT recounted.
“It been five years since then but we are back to square one,” it said, adding that it is a foregone conclusion that the election was held on the promise of “Election for Solution” made by the then designated BJP North-East incharge Ram Madhav. “A flickering ray of hope is still with the BJP Government at the Centre to fulfill the aspiration of the people by giving an honourable settlement by this Christmas, which will be the last before the upcoming election,” it added.
Despite the perpetual extension of ceasefires “during the over 25 years under four other prime ministers,” ACAUT said none of them had the inclination or courage to deliver what was promised. ACAUT said that political settlement is the only panacea to the “twin evils of rampant taxation and unchecked corruption plaguing the Naga society,” citing what it called the “vociferous demand of overwhelming majority of Naga public and CSOs” for early political settlement.
ACAUT Nagaland also appealed to the Prime Minister to deliver on his promise to bring solution to the protracted Naga political issue and to usher in a “new era of hope, peace and development.”