Conrad: Congress changing stand on quantity of coal

SHILLONG, Oct 30: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma on Friday mocked the opposition Congress in the State for changing their stand on the quantity of mined coal lying in different parts of the state. 

It may be mentioned that the government had informed the apex court that 32 lakh metric ton of already mined coal was lying in different districts of the State. 

The court has directed the State to go for public auctioning, but the Congress alleged that the process has been delayed. 

“The opposition has been going from one stand to another stand and they keep changing their stand. In the beginning they said that there is no 32 lakh metric ton, then after that saying that they now are saying that the 32 lakh metric ton should be auctioned why is the government delaying it,” Sangma said. 

The Chief Minister urged the opposition Congress that they must know what they are talking about. He said that it looks bad on their part to give statments that are contradictory. 

“So the fact that after saying there was no 32 lakh metric ton  of coal and a week later for the opposition to come up and say when will the government complete the process of auctioning it shows their confusion and they are not clear about the facts,” the Chief Minister said. 

On charges of illegal transportation and mining coal made by Congress, Sangma said that the government was following the guidelines given by the Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal (NGT). 

“The NGT and other environmental bodies are very active, so if there was any issues like that then it would have been raised at that level,” Sangma said. 

The Chief Minister said that speaking without facts and without knowing all the details of the fact that the government followed procedure in every situation, he thinks it is incorrect to give statements like this.