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Shylla writes an open letter to Centre

FROM A CORRESPONDENT

SHILLONG, Feb 13: The United Democratic Party (UDP), Member of District Council (MDC) from Nongkrem, Hispreaching Son Shylla today wrote an open letter to the Centre expressing concern over plans to develop uranium in Meghalaya.

According to reports, Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which looks after Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), in a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha said it has already planned to develop the mineral resources at Domiasiat under the me of ‘Kylleng- Pdengsohiong-Mawthabah (KPM) Uranium Mining Project’.

“Your recent statement in Parliament saying that the government is now ready to start mining and processing of uranium at the above mentioned project, has come like a thunder and contradicted many statements made by the Government be at the Centre and at the State or by the BJP or INC. It has shattered the hope of the people and has doubted the sincerity of the party,” Shylla said in his open letter to Dr Singh.

In his letter to Dr Singh, Shylla requested the BJP leadership at the centre to cancel and revoke any decision related to the proposed uranium mining at the earliest.

“Otherwise, the entire blame for any fiasco will be on the Bharitya Jata Party. Filly Sir, please allow me to say this if mining of uranium is pushed ahead then we are facing another type of colonialism,” he said.

The Nongkrem MDC also said another establishing reality is that the youth of the region are strongly determine and ready to sacrifice their life if any attempt is made or any activities related with uranium mining is being initiated or implemented.

Shylla said that this may lead to an imbroglio which would be the failure of central government and its mining agency to give meaningful assurance to the people on various critical problems such as influx (both interl & exterl), post-mining issues such as environment impact and human impact.

It may be mentioned that when Shylla was the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) he himself was for Uranium mining drawing the ire of anti-mining groups.

In his letter to Dr Singh, the Nongkrem, MDC said that there was even a news report which 20, July 2015 which states that India has taken the decision not to pursue any new uranium projects in at least three of its provinces in consideration of the local populace who are against uranium mining – like Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand.

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