MDA govt wins no-confidence motion tabled by oppn Congress

SHILLONG, Nov 11: The no-confidence motion tabled by the opposition Congress against the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government was defeated by voice vote on Wednesday.

In his reply to the debate on the no-confidence motion Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma told the House that there is no illegal transportation of coal in the State.

Sangma said that the coal which is being transported is the seized coal.

“Such coals are being seized after getting information from the citizens. Based on these seizure revenue is multi-fold in the form of royalty, cess and GST,” the Chief Minister said.

He also said that in the Comptroller and Auditor General of India report from the period of 2013-14 and 2017-18 there was clear mention that coal is being transported to the tune of 27.87 lakh metric ton incurring a loss of Rs. 180 crore for the state’s revenue.

“It is easy for opposition to forget when they were in the government but now they are thinking of loss of revenue and future of their children but then they did not think,” the Chief Minister said.

Sangma also said that in January 2018, 6.9 lakh metric ton of coal was assessed without no GPS location and an amount of 5.4 lakh metric ton went to a single agency.

“How give assessment without GPS coordinates,” the Chief Minister said.

Earlier, the leader of opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma alleged that illegal mining and transportation of coal in the state is going on.

“Until this government remains the state will be robbed,” Dr. Sangma said.

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