SHILLONG, Dec 17: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Wednesday admitted that the ban imposed on coal mining by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has affected the financial position of the state because of which the state government had to impose an interim budget cut.
“The unforeseen ban of coal mining and transportation in recent time has had its own impact because the state used to realize royalty from whatever coal is extracted and sold,” Dr Sangma said while revealing that there has been certain drop in realization of this royalty, collection of taxes from petroleum products with lesser trucks on the roads, excise calculation besides many other impacts on other revenue realization.
SHILLONG, Dec 17: The Meghalaya government on Wednesday approved the extension of the term of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) for another month even as it said that the election process is expected to be completed within the extended time.
“Since there is certain exercise required to be done by the District Council Affairs (DCA) department in order to have the necessary elections to the GHADC, the department felt that they will require some more time,” Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma said after the Cabinet meeting held here.
SHILLONG, Dec 17: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma on Wednesday said that the leadership of the just disbanded rebel groups, ANVC and ANVC (B), are responsible and accountable for all the actions of their cadres, even as he added that investigation into the alleged selling and hiding of arms by the cadres is on.
“Transferring and transaction of arms by the cadres of the outfits besides the alleged sale of a certain quantity of arms, all are under investigation,” the CM said while reacting to reports of an alleged sale of arms by some of the ANVC cadres to the proscribed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).
SHILLONG, Dec 16: The headmen of Meghalaya have been debarred from issuing No Objection Certificates (NOCs) as per the ruling of the Meghalaya High Court on Tuesday.
In a judgement passed by Justice SR Sen of the Meghalaya High Court on Tuesday, the judge has ruled that the duty of headman is to look after the welfare only of the locality concerned and at best can place the grievances of the people to the Government, District Administration or to the Police. Thus, a headman of a locality does not derive any right from law, and rule or from the Constitution of India to issue NOC for the purpose of birth/death or for registration of any document as well as for building permission and obtaining loan, the judge observed.
SHILLONG, Dec 17: The names of five senior most IPS officers have been shortlisted for appointment to the post of Meghalaya Director General of Police after thorough scrutiny as per the guidelines of the State Police Act. This was informed by the Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma after the meeting of the State Security Commission on Wednesday afternoon.
The five names that have been shortlisted are Devendra Kumar Pathak, Rajendra Kumar, Ramesh Chand Tayal, Rajiv Mehta and S K Jain.
The Commission also had an overall review of the security scenario and the demand for security apparatus, both national and international, the Chief Minister said. The Commission is slated to sit again sometime soon.
SHILLONG, Dec 17: The committee headed by the Deputy Chief Minister Rowell Lyngdoh on Wednesday granted another one month’s time for the traditional chiefs to submit their views and suggestions with regard to the Benami Act and Tenancy Bill.
The decision was taken at a meeting convened by the chairman of the committee with the traditional chieftians from at least six Himas namely Mylliem, Khyrim, Nongkhlaw, Sohra, Langrin and Maharam under the Khasi Hills region on Wednesday.
It may be mentioned here that the government had tasked the committee to examine the Meghalaya Benami Transaction Prohibition, Act 1980 and reframe the Tenancy Verification Bill.
SHILLONG, Dec 16: In light of the ongoing case against the Sordar of Mawkhli village, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has decided to take stern action against erring traditional heads who abuse their powers to the extent of violating human rights of the residents in their respective jurisdiction.
This was stated by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC, Adelbert Nongrum, on Tuesday after the case of a family being ostracized and its children being allegedly humiliated by the Sordar of Mawkhli village dorbar, Blestar Wahspeh came to light.
“We will take action as per law of the land against any such erring traditional heads,” Nongrum said while strongly condemning the insensitive attitude of the dorbar shnong against the children.