SHILLONG: The NGT panel constituted by the Supreme Court, on Friday could not have a sitting since a member of the committee resigned.
The committee, headed by retired Justice BP Katakey of Gauhati High Court, told media persons that Prof Ashok K Singh, member of the NGT committee, from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad “abruptly resigned” thereby the meeting of the panel could not be held.
“AK Singh expressed his unwillingness to continue as a member,” retired Justice Katakey said.
He pointed out that the reason he did not want to continue was that he had retired from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.
“Despite the retirement I personally requested him to continue since he was dealing with the matter since the very beginning. After retirement, he has attended two meetings. Now he has said that he is not willing to continue,” retired Justice Katakey said.
He informed that abruptly on October 11, he sent a mail to the nodal officer with a copy to him, that he was not satisfied with the report of a sub-committee committee constituted by the NGT panel.
It may be mentioned that the sub-committee had visited one Tata coal mine area for suggesting scientific ways of mining and he was not satisfied about the outcome of the report.
“The report was of the sub-committee and we are yet to take a final call on that,” retired Justice Katakey added.
He also informed that the State Government has filed an application before the committee.
According to the government, certain decisions of the committee are beyond the directions issued by the NGT and the Supreme Court. Therefore these directions should not be implemented or reviewed.
“We could not take up the application because of the resignation of one of the member of the committee,” he added.
The next meeting of the committee will be held on November 11, after a new member is appointed.
“On November 11, first we will take up the special meeting relating to finalization of plan and programme for transportation and auction of coal already extracted. That is the outcome today,” retired Justice Katakey informed.