SHILLONG, Aug 01: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday has constituted a new committee for transportation of the extracted coal as it decided to continue to impose the ban on unscientific rat hole coal mining in Meghalaya.
The decision of the Tribunal came in the wake of the failure of the Committee constituted on June 9 to comply with the directions of the NGT.
The committee constituted on June 9 comprised Director of Mines, Meghalaya, Member Secretary, Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board, Member Secretary, Assam State Pollution Control Board, Senior Scientist of the Central Pollution Control Board, Senior Representative of Ministry of Environment & Forests, and Principal Secretary, Meghalaya Mining & Geology department.
SHILLONG, Aug 01: The Meghalaya government on Friday has decided to extend the term of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) for yet another six months which will end in February next year.
Addressing journalists after the Cabinet meeting here, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said, “The Cabinet has approved the extension of the term of GHADC for another six months which will expire in February next year.”
According to him, due to the parliamentary election and the coming of a new government at the Centre, the exercise was further delayed and could not be completed.
Meeting for security of traders in Garo Hills convened
TURA, Aug 01: Taking cognizance of the recent murder, kidnappings and ransome demands from militants based in Garo Hills, a meeting was held today at Mankachar to discuss the current situation and put forward demands for better security for traders and migrant labourers working in Garo Hills after which the effigies of the Chief Ministers of both Meghalaya and Assam were burnt.
The meeting, organized by the Assam-Meghalaya Peace forum, was held to condemn the killings as well as demand compensation to be paid to the victims of the current strife. The protestors later burnt the effigies of the Chief Ministers of both states, Assam and Meghalaya for their alleged failure to address the issue that is burning the whole Dhubri district. The meeting was attended by thousands who came from Hatsingimari, South Salmara and border areas of Assam Meghalaya.
SHILLONG, July 31: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today proposed to the Centre to invoke para 12 (A) of the Sixth Schedule in order that the application of ‘central laws’ relating to mining may be rescinded which according to him would allow the State government to regulate mining in the state.
The proposal was submitted by the Chief Minister following huge protest from the people of the state especially the tribal coal miners’ community against the National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s ban on unscientific rat-hole coal mining which has been imposed for the past three months now.
Border fencing compensation row
TURA, August 01: With compensation of land owners from the border areas of South Garo Hills (SGH) still stuck in limbo, the aggrieved land owners have threatened to take back the land given by them for fencing of the international border with Bangladesh. Stating that it has been well over ten years since the start of the fencing, the group of land owners said compensation has to be made quickly before things get from bad to worse for them.
“Although many of the land-owners falling under Border Fencing in other districts of the state of Meghalaya have already received the compensatory money meant for the purpose, yet in Baghmara, SGH, the government had totally neglected the land-owners and as such, our hopes and dreams of receiving the compensation are yet to materialize till today,” said LP Marak, a resident and affected person from SGH.
SHILLONG, July 31: Even as the protest march convened by the Movement for Indigenous People’s Rights and Livelihood – Meghalaya (MIPRLM) against the NGT ban on coal mining activities on Wednesday witnessed the attendance of thousands of supporters, the political waters of Meghalaya are turning turbulent with as many as 16 Congress legislators preparing to withdraw support to Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s MUA –II government should ban on coal mining in Meghalaya be upheld by the Tribunal on Friday’s sitting.
These Congress legislators, in a meeting at Chairman of State Planning Board, Salseng Marak’s residence here on Wednesday had decided to wait for the ruling of Friday’s sitting of the NGT to decide on the next step they are taking.
Should the NGT order a continuance of the current ban on extraction and transportation of coal in Meghalaya, these legislators will hand in their papers thus leaving Mukul in the lurch.
SHILLONG, July 31: Sustained interrogation of the arrested ANVC (B) cadres who were picked up from Edenbari on Saturday last, including senior ANVC (B) leader, Salingbirth D. Sangma alias Solid, has revealed that the nefarious design of the outfit in perpetrating the gruesome killings of innocent migrant workers was to foment communal tension on the inter-state border of Meghalaya with Dhubri district of Assam. The arrests of ANVC (B) cadres has possibly had the salutary effect of containing wider repercussions of the situation and preventing avoidable loss of life and property.