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CM Mr Conrad Sangma blames previous government for not acting on coal order

Coal News - Published on Mon, 18 Mar 2019

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Shillong Times cited Chief Minister Mr Conrad Sangma saying that in the past, the government did not follow up the Coal Ministry's 2015 letter on exempting Meghalaya from central mining laws. The ministry had sent a letter to the Home Ministry a few years ago stating that Meghalaya was exempted from the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act and the Coal Nationalisation Act.

Replying to the debate on the budget in the Assembly, Mr Sangma said after the letter, the Home Ministry was supposed to invoke Paragraph 12A of the Sixth Schedule to exempt the state from the two laws and it had to be approved by the Cabinet.

Mr Sangma said he had taken up the matter with the two ministries. He said that “The Coal Ministry is now looking into the matter. MMDR and Coal Nationalisation acts cannot be applied in Meghalaya due to its peculiar land tenure (system) where auctioning of mines is not possible."

However, Mr Sangma made it clear that the state was not seeking any exemption from the environmental and mines safety laws. He blamed the previous government for not appealing against the NGT ban on coal mining and pointed out that the MDA government challenged the order in the Supreme Court.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 18 Mar 2019
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