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Farmers protest excessive taxes on brooms in Garo Hills

 TURA, Feb 10 - Questioning the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) over the excessive taxes being sought from broom farmers of Adokgre region in North Garo Hills, the Adokgre Farmers Association yesterday held a protest rally to seek redressal of their grievances.

The Association was joined in their protest by NGOs including KYO-Kharkutta, AHAM-Kharkutta, ADAPA-Dokongsi, Nokmas, Laskers and Sordars. The protest rally was held at the Adokgre playground under Kharkutta Block in North Garo Hills.

The farmers decided to approach appropriate authorities seeking to prohibit jharu mahaldar from collecting tax on broomsticks, reduction of tax on dried broomstick from Rs 2/kg to Re1/kg and to declare that broomstick is not forest product but produce of farmers’ cultivation.

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