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Assembly's Witnesses Fireworks over Meghalaya Coal Mining

Coal News - Published on Mon, 16 Sep 2019

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Hindustan Times reported that the fourth day of the Assembly’s 6 day session saw heated exchange as the ruling National People’s Party and opposition Congress leaders blamed each other for the delay in resumption of coal mining in the state. The Wednesday’s session turned stormy as Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma said the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government was not serious to start legal mining of coal as he alleged it want “illegalities” to happen because it suits their intent. He referred to reports carried by Assam media recently on the number of trucks dumping coal from Meghalaya and said that is why no step was taken to ensure timeline for expeditious starting of legal mining. Asking the Leader of Opposition to not make a speech since it was the question hour, chief minister Conrad K Sangma however said the then Congress-led state government could not do anything to resolve the ban on coal mining.

Mr Sangma said that “Let us compare in the last five years and let us compare in the last one and a half year of MDA, I think we know whose intent is wanting. I want to ask what happened in the last five years, why didn’t they (Congress) move the issue expeditiously. When finally we have moved forward I think everybody should be happy about it.”

He said while terming the Supreme Court’s judgment which lifted the coal ban as victory to the people of the state “It is a tough situation but then our government worked over time and today we have got a decisive victory and order from the Court saying we can go ahead with mining provided that policy and different rules are in place.”

Defending the previous government, Dr Mukul said the affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court informing about the decision of the ministry of coal – to exempt application of the Mines and Minerals Act, 1957 and Coal Mines Nationalisation Act, 1973 in as far as coal and lignite is concerned was an offshoot of work by the Congress government and alleged, But you MDA government) messed it up.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 16 Sep 2019
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