Kohima: Village authorities in Nagalands
border district of Kiphire have resolved not to pay illegal
"taxes" to any underground group.
At a meeting chairmen and secretaries of village
councils and Village Development Boards (VDB) respectively of
74 villages unanimously took the decision.
The decision was taken recently after a particular
underground group demanded two per cent of NREGA allocation
from the VDBs, a press release of village authorities`
representatives received here today said.
Besides implementing various centrally sponsored
schemes, VDBs get funds under state governments
communitization of public institutions and services programme.
Gaonburhas (village chiefs), village council chairmen
and VDB secretaries of 74 villages were signatories to the
resolution, the release said.
However, the villages would continue to pay "necessary
taxes" to different underground factions, but not from
development funds under various schemes allotted to village
level statutory bodies like village councils and VDBs, the