“A tax (from the Latin taxo; "rate") is a financial charge or other levy imposed upon a taxpayer (an individual or legal entity) by a state or the functional equivalent of a state to fund various public expenditures.”

The FFC members to the best of their ability interviewed a large cross section of the business community in Dimapur to unearth the reasons for the artificial price rise in the market. FFC members also travelled to Jorhat, Assam and interacted with Upper Assam Chamber of Commerce: Jorhat with a view to compare prices of commodities in Dimapur and Jorhat. During the course of our interaction, the committee came across rampant, illegal taxations on every conceivable commodity ranging from hardware goods and essential commodities to pan patta (betel leaf) by groups such as NSCN (IM), NSCN (K), GPRN/NSCN, FGN and government agencies like DMC, Police, Excise, Motor Vehicle Enforcement (MVE) under DTO and state Veterinary department. The collections by assorted “welfare unions and associations” have only made matters worse. It was also found that the Karbi militant group, UPDS, is collecting tax in Dimapur to finance its activities in Assam.

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