SHILLONG, July 21: Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Law, Rowel Lyngdoh, Monday informed that the committee tasked with the responsibility to come up with the proposed draft regulation for coal mining activities in Meghalaya is yet to submit its report to the State government.
According to him, the status of the committee will only be known only when Chief Minister summons the Cabinet before the next hearing of the NGT on the matter.
The NGT, which has imposed a ban on coal mining in Meghalaya, is scheduled to hold its next sitting on August 1.
The committee to prepare the draft regulation is headed by Principal Secretary KS Kropha and the report is supposed to be submitted to NGT during the upcoming hearing. Also, the committee has been asked to prepare an Act to suit operation of coal mining activities ensuring it is in line with the Central Act and also engage a Supreme Court advocate in this regard.
Stating that as per the NGT, mining of coal in Meghalaya is ‘illegal’, Lyngdoh said, “We want to ensure that the act or regulation proposed by the state government should not clash with central laws,” adding “The proposed act or regulation will be very much in link with central laws.”
Lyngdoh added that the responsibility of the committee is to study what type of things are required to regulate mining to ensure that people do not suffer, at the same time the state does not undergo revenue loss and that such mining activities are not illegal.