SHILLONG, Aug 07: A delegation of Congress leaders from Meghalaya met President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, seeking his immediate intervention to issue notification under 12 A (b) of the Sixth Schedule exempting the State’s three Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) from NGT’s ban on coal mining as he has the powers to exempt or modify the application of Acts of Parliament on these ADCs.
The delegation including the President of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Dr. D.D. Lapang, Meghalaya MPs Wansuk Syiem (Rajya Sabha) and Vincent H. Pala (Lok Sabha), Ministers Prestone Tynsong and H.D. R. Lyngdoh and the former Speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly M.M. Danggo submitted a memorandum pertaining to the recent National Green Tribunal (NGT) order banning Rat Hole coal mining in state that has so far supported the livelihood of mine owners, truck owners, workers and transport industries.