Meghalaya: Residents complain against illegal cattle tax collection
Various residents of West Garo Hills (WGH) have written to the administrator of the GHADC over what they alleged were random issues of cattle tax collection centres across the plain belt.
“Various lessee have been given orders in the villages of Tikrikilla, Phulbari, Chibinang, Bhaitbari, Belbari, Rajabala, Rajpur, Shyamding, Nimaikata, Gomaijhora, Nimaikata and various other places for collection of cattle tax,” said one complainant, Azidur Rehman.
“The Tikrikilla lessee is issuing challans for hat settlement, and all taxes are being paid to him. There is no justification for further taxation for the same cattle in all these newly formed cattle tax centres for the same cattle for which the taxes have been paid for,” added Mofizur Islam.
The complainants stated that other than Tikrikilla, there are no other GHADC settled hats for cattle sale and the collections are being done on the justification that cattle movement was taking place through these places.
“The traders are being harassed and have to pay twice or thrice to transport their cattle. The setting up of such gates is illegal and is posing immense problems for the common man. We understand that no new law has been created by the GHADC for the setup of such ‘hats’ and cattle tax is completely illegal,” they added.
They alleged that the cattle purchasers are now being subjected to double taxation with the new lessees, trying their utmost to get these cattle traders to pay them taxes.