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  • Orissa and AntiNational Taxes

    Am writing this to beware all intending to drive/ride to Orissa in near future.

    - Me and few of my friends, while returning from our joy drive to Konark and Puri where asked to stop for routine check at Jaleshwar border.
    I was asked to show the Registration Certificate for my car.

    After noting the unladen weight of the car, i was asked to pay Rs 800. As road-tax for using the Orissa Roads for 6months.

    Being aware of the RTO rules, i felt it to be wrong as i was traveling in a private vehicle, that is not used commercially either. And if am not staying in Orissa for more than 30days, then am not going to pay Road Tax. As am using vehicle only for travel purpose. Even on showing the Toll Receipts the person in charge was adamant.

    The person who was insisting on paying the Road Tax, was from Commercial Vehicle Dept, he has no right to authority to Stop a Private Vehicle.

    Now, surprise this guy showed us the Receipt Challan book. Now before us 19 other private vehicles had payed the unlawful "TAX".

    We demanded to see the public notification. But we where shown a page that didn't bear signature of authorized signatory, nor any rubber Stamp.
    Xerox contained Amount of Tax. for 6 months and 12 Months and 60 Months.
    We were not impressed.

    We protested, and seeing us other private cars joined our protest campaign and soon the indecent looked like a mass agitation. we waited there for almost 1 Hour as it was getting late and collectively the Vehicles from kolkata decided to move on.

    We felt, Toll Taxes being collected in Orissa to be on the Higher Side. And Number of Toll Booths are very frequent.
    Few being 20Kms apart. Toll Taxes as much as Rs45 for single pass and 65 for Multiple, where as the Toll Taxes in WB are around 30 and 35 for Single pass and 50-55 for multiple pass.

    Something fishy is going on. As none of the Toll Booths have any computer. And the receipts given to us where hand written.

    This is unlawful thing, and purely against our national integrity.
    And i request all not to pay the unlawful Tax in case you are visitor.


    But the point is 19 others have already paid, most of them being bigger cars they paid somewhere in the region of Rs1500.
    And am trying to spread awareness against such unlawful activity going on in a State Border, people are being harassed for money, they are threatened that there vehicles will be seized. Under no circumstance such thing should be tolerated.
    www.theroadrollers.com

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      Thanks Sandeep for the info.
      But I am sure it isn't only Orissa where these kind of corrupt practices are followed.
      Last edited by TheRedPill; 11-18-2008, 08:26 PM.

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      • #4
        Yes! This practice is common everywhere. But the scale at which it was done, was bigger than anything i have ever seen.
        And this issue is something worth fighting for
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        • #5
          Originally posted by thebagchi View Post
          Yes! This practice is common everywhere. But the scale at which it was done, was bigger than anything i have ever seen.
          And this issue is something worth fighting for
          Yup we should. And now the question is whom do we go and report to.
          Last edited by TheRedPill; 11-19-2008, 03:28 PM.

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            am seeking help from people to make sure the issue is heard to few deaf ears.
            www.theroadrollers.com

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            • #7
              @bagchi: Is this the case with bikers as well?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Aryan View Post
                @bagchi: Is this the case with bikers as well?
                I dont think so!!Bikers are free to ride on all the National Highways in orissa
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                • #9
                  MotorCycles are not spared either Rs160.

                  This collection started on Sunday 16th Nov 2008
                  On 15th November 2008, we used the same route for our forward journey, and there was no problem.
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                  • #10
                    this is insane. where do people have 1.5k to give to cops out of the blue?! and even if they do have, why do they end up paying?

                    i have seen some incidents where some people oppose but unfortunately, others wouldnt join the cause and give money and pass. if we see reason, we should very much join the cause in such cases...

                    Originally posted by sumit.pannalall View Post
                    Yup we should. And now the question is whom do we go and report to.
                    RTO maybe. but whos gonna listen anyways!
                    but there are some info we should be aware of. for Karnataka, check this site:
                    Bangalore India - Police - bangalore-karnataka.com
                    gives you a lot of ICE numbers to call up.

                    same with Kerala:
                    Kerala Police History & Archives
                    call up 1090 tollfree number if anything.

                    AP had also come up with a website and special numbers for women ICE too.

                    i guess other states would also have info like theses and we should make ourselves aware of the law.
                    BIKER ...the thrill and sense of self-fulfilment is obtained from living a little dangerously!

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                      The police and rto officials are very corrupt here in orissa.if your vehicle is from other state registered than you are gone.but if you know to speak oriya then they will not demand you anything.they always try to loot from the non residents.
                      and about the tool booth case,i frequently move to chattisgarh(raipur) NH-6
                      there are number of toll booths in the highway,one day i asked one of the toll collector to saw the license for collecting toll(rs 40),then he call almost 8-10 people and threatened me to pay either me and my car will be broke down in pieces,even if some of them were with desi guns.and dude it was the day time of 11 am almost.
                      so man i want to say you condition is more worse than orissa outside,here there you can argue with officers and you life is not in danger,like my case in chattisgarh.

                      @sahdez
                      hello sir where are you this is india.
                      if you are a minister's son or any higher official person than you could do anything.otherwise here in orissa you could be arrested without any charge.No one hears your complain here.this is second BIHAR
                      Last edited by chickyheart; 01-17-2009, 02:07 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by chickyheart View Post
                        @sahdez
                        hello sir where are you this is india.
                        if you are a minister's son or any higher official person than you could do anything.otherwise here in orissa you could be arrested without any charge.No one hears your complain here.this is second BIHAR
                        ok all that taken. can understand your feelings.
                        all i was saying was, you take an initiative or not is up to you. but instead of fighting against each other, why not stand with each other against these people. i am talking on a general basis, again. and... i been to chilka lake once so the place is no stranger for me.
                        BIKER ...the thrill and sense of self-fulfilment is obtained from living a little dangerously!

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                          Originally posted by shadez View Post
                          ok all that taken. can understand your feelings.
                          all i was saying was, you take an initiative or not is up to you. but instead of fighting against each other, why not stand with each other against these people. i am talking on a general basis, again. and... i been to chilka lake once so the place is no stranger for me.
                          yes we can

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