Lifting ban on coal mining
Shillong, April 12: Meghalya Chief Minister Conrad K will lead a delegation of Ministers and senior officials to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister and others on the issue of lifting ban on coal mining in the State. The team will leave on Friday.
The decision was arrived at, after the Cabinet meeting held on Thursday evening at the State Secretariat. Speaking to newsmen soon after the meeting, Senior Cabinet Minister Prestone Tynsong stated, “ Our meeting was mainly a deliberation on how to go about in our pursuits to ensure that coal mining in the State is lifted”. Significantly, the tiol Green Tribul (NGT) banned the unscientific coal mining in the State in 2014 due to the environmental reasons. The NGT has also suggested to the government to ensure regulations, if coal mining has to resume again. Concrete steps have not been taken due to varied complications pertaining to the land tenure system.
Tynsong further said the government wishes to seek the Union Government’s intervention for relief. He said, the economic condition of the people has drastically fallen since the ban. “We want both government and legal redressal to this important issue,” stated Tynsong, even as he added that the redressal that they are looking should not come at the cost of environment degradation.