HSPDP wants legalisation of coal mining to rid of illegalities

Shillong, Jan 7: The Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) discussed the issues of alleged corruption in the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) and illegal coal mining and transportation.

Speaking to reporters after the meet, HSPDP, interim president K. P. Pangniang said that the party will take up the issue with the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma.

“There should not be illegal mining and transportation but coal mining should be legalised,” Pangniang said.

He also said that the HSPDP will stick with the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government till the end of the term since the regional party has joined the coalition without any pre-conditions even as he lauded, Conrad Sangma-led-MDA government for taking up the issues promised by the partner in its manifesto like ILP and inclusion of Khasi Language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.

The HSPDP also said that it will renew its demand for a separate Khasi-Jaintia State.

According to him the party will work together with groups from Garo Hills who are demanding Garoland.

Pangniang said that the party wants the State to be bifurcated along linguistic lines, so that the rest of the country knows about the indigenous Khasi-Jaintia community of the northeast.

Pangniang informed that the party has decided to hold the general council of the party in May this year to elect new office bearers.

He informed that the party wants to strengthen the party before the 2023 general elections.

He also said that the party will be holding a seminar on the Sixth Schedule in the month of February.