Mukul’s ‘willful decision’ responsible for Meghalaya’s current coal mining mess: Prestone

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Meghalaya Deputy CM Prestone Tynsong

SHILLONG, Jan 25: Meghalaya deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has blamed former Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma for the current coal mining mess in the state. He said the present MDA government was doing its best to exempt Meghalaya from the MMDR Act but due to a decision taken by Dr Sangma during his tenure ‘without any consultation’ has delayed the process.

He said the proposal to route coal mining in the state through the Meghalaya Mineral Development Corporation (MMDC) by Dr Sangma without the consultation of the state cabinet turned out to be the first bottle neck in their endeavour to solve the issue.

He said that they had to take back the proposal and start from scratch.

After much efforts, he said everything is in track now. Tynsong said the Union Home Ministry, Ministry coal and mines are now in line as the MDA government has expressed in detailed about the land tenure system of Meghalaya and its peculiarity.  He said that the Centre has accepted the request made by the MDA government.

He said very soon Home Minister will call for a joint meeting with the Ministry of Coal, Mine, environment and other related Ministries to coal to take a call on how to recommend to the president for exemption of Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation Act or MMDR in Meghalaya.

He also informed that exemption of MMDR Act from Meghalaya does not mean destruction of environment and the safety regulation would be flouted. Rather the state government would follow all the environmental and safety regulations.