Tynsong question opposition’s demand for ‘court monitored probe’ into alleged illegal coal mining

First auction of extracted coal to be conducted shortly

Shillong, Jan 18: Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday questioned why the opposition wants a ‘court monitored probe’ into the alleged coal mining in the State.

“I don’t know why the LO (Leader of Opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma) says that you need again another body to go in depth into this alleged illegal mining in Meghalaya. The NGT (National Green Tribunal) is monitoring on a regular basis about the illegal mining activities,” Tynsong said.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that in fact the system is already in place with a SIT already constituted by the NGT.

He also said that the State government is committed to make sure that there is no illegal mining activities after the NGT banned coal mining in Meghalaya in 2014.

“From that time itself the government the then and also the present one, we are committed to make sure that illegal mining of coal does not happen in the State,” Tynsong said.

It may be mentioned that former Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) leader Dr. Sangma has demanded a court-monitored investigation into the alleged rampant illegal coal mining and transportation in Meghalaya.

On Monday, he had visited the coal belt of South Garo Hills following inputs from various local residents and his party MDCs on illegal mining and transportation of the mineral taking place at a wanton level.

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