Prestone: Won’t conduct inquiry into alleged illegalities in coal transportation

SHILLONG, Nov 6: The Meghalaya government on Friday has made it clear that it was not going to conduct any inquiry into the alleged illegalities in the transportation and mining of coal in the State.

Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong said that the moment illegal coal is transported, the authorities concern seizes it.

“The machinery is already in place the government is already in place. Those illegal transportation if it is there even today we seize it. If it is happening we seize it,” Tynsong told reporters.

He pointed out saying that is why the government has to auction the seized coal.

“So if you say government is allowing illegal transportation, I said from day no we don’t. Why should be constitute enquiry because as I said the government, its agencies like the district administration are on the road, if they found two-three trucks trying to transport coal illegally they are seized,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

He reiterated that when the government seizes the illegally transported coal why is there a need for an inquiry.

On the demands made by the leader of opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma that the State government must verify through a process of law and find out who is responsible for any disappearance of coal, Tynsong said that if the former has any evidence then let him place it in the Assembly.

“Let Mukul put up a detailed presentation in the House,” Tynsong said.