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Meghalaya Praises Supreme Court Verdict on Coal Mining

Coal News - Published on Mon, 19 Aug 2019

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Press Trust of India reported that Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma recently praised as "people's victory" the Supreme Court directive to lift the National Green Tribunal ban on coal mining and said the verdict has upheld the rights of indigenous people on land and mineral deposits. Addressing the 73rd Independence Day function at Polo Grounds in Shillong, Mr Sangma said the judgment will have a positive impact on the economy of the state.

Mr Sangma said that "The recent verdict of the Supreme Court lifting the 2014 ban on coal mining is a big victory for the people of the state. The court has upheld the government's contention that the indigenous people of Meghalaya have rights over land and extracted mineral."

The Supreme Court on July 3 set aside the ban on coal mining in Meghalaya imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) since April 2014, and allowed mining operations on privately and community-owned land, subject to permissions from authorities concerned.

It also directed the Meghalaya government to deposit the Rs. 100-crore fine imposed on it by the NGT for failing to curb illegal coal mining.

Mr Sangma said the government has "walked the talk" on the issue and that the judgment is historic and its implications extend beyond the realm of coal mining.

He said that "Perhaps, for the first time anywhere in the country, the government argued for protection of tribal rights, the unique culture and identity of the people before the highest court of the land."

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Mon, 19 Aug 2019
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