DIMAPUR, April 21 � Even as the All Nagaland School Teachers Association (ANSTA) today directed all its members to refrain from paying tax being collected by the Naga underground groups as the matter is �under negotiation�, the NSCN (K) has informed that no department, �particularly Education and Medical�, can be exempted from the �tax� bracket.
The teachers� body, in a release, asked its members to strictly comply with the directive not to pay tax to any group �because the issue on exemption of educational institutions from taxation is under negotiation with various factional groups�. Therefore, it said �till such time the issue is amicably resolved between the negotiating parties, the question of paying tax does not arise and none of the Association members should pay the tax�.
However, the NSCN (K), in a release today, said �as a people�s revolutionary Govt it levied only nominal and negligible amount/taxes� from all Govt related works, while stating that �this trend shall continue till Nagas achieve sovereignty from the occupational forces�.
While voicing respect for the apex student bodies - NSF & ENSF, it said the NSCN (K) �cannot exempt any particular departments (particularly Education & Medical)�.