Conrad: Issue of coal mining in state a challenge

SHILLONG, Mar 6: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that to regulate coal mining in the state is a challenge for the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government.

Conrad said this during an interaction with mediaperson on the first anniversary of his government.

“It is a challenge for us because the government is trying to balance it out between ecology and economy and also the overall environment safety. I think that aspect is important for us and we are trying towards it in ensuring that the economy and livelihood should not suffer and at the same time that environment should not suffer also,” the Chief Minister said.

He also said that the the mining tragedy that took place at Ksan Ryngkhloo in East jaintia Hills district was something very unfortunate.

Stating that it is an issue that the government is very concerned about , he said that lot of issues have come out post that incident.

Conrad also informed that a committee has been set up in all the districts especially in those districts where coal mining is taking place headed by respective Deputy Commissioners, who have been asked to ensure that there is a regular check if there are any illegal mining activities.

“They (deputy commissioners) are to ensure that reports are being sent to the government regularly to ensure that nothing of this kind is taking place and take action against people if they find any illegal mining activities,” the Chief Minister pointed out.

Meanwhile, on the issue of inter-state boundary dispute with Assam, he said that the priority is to ensure safety of the people living in these areas and development there should not be affected.

“No matter what the issue is there no matter what kind of complication is there for the disputes that we have development is one aspect that it should not be affected .People in the border area should get the safety and should get the development like in any other part of the state are getting irrespective of the claims that are being made by the two states,” Conrad said.

The Chief Minister also said that both the governments are always in dialogue and discussions at the official and also non-official levels to have a way forward.

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