Dimapur, September 13 (NEx): The Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) once again raised serious concern over COVID-19 cess on Petrol and Diesel and calls the State Government to revoke the hike immediately.
The Government of Nagaland has imposed COVID-19 cess of Rupees 5 per litre on diesel and Rupees 6 per litre on Petrol & other motor spirit per litre since April 28, 2020 across the State.
DNSU media cell in a press release today, September 13, 2020 urged the government to be more responsible and not rely upon the general public to meet the state financial exigencies at this crucial point of time.
Highlighting the plight of common people during extraordinary Coronavirus crisis, DNSU said that the expenditure for transportation, and other essential commodities in both urban and rural areas have been abnormally augmented. Hence, the public have been adversely affected and economically exhausted in every aspect of life, it said.
The Union also reminded that business establishments are now back in full operation, and the government is receiving enough funds from the central government to curb the COVID-19 Pandemic. As such, it is not necessary any longer to continue with the cess on Petrol and diesel, it said.
The union expressed genuine concern for the people and urged the state government to cater to the plea and hardship of the people and to revoke the COVID-19 cess on fuel immediately. Failure to turn ears towards this genuine issue, the Union added that it will be compelled to stage protest as deem fit.
The Union also urged all the Civil Socities to join hands with the cause towards this genuine issue, to revoke the COVID-19 cess levied on the general public.