Auctioning of Coal: Govt following Supreme Court directives claims Chief Minister.


Under pressure following the aggressive attitude of the opposition MLAs digging out a loophole in the delay in coal auctioning process and allege illegal coal mining and also on the continuous allegation of illegalities in the transportation of coal from different sections, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has mocked the opposition Congress of changing their stand on the quantity of mined coal lying in different parts of the state.
Asserting that Congress who earlier states 32 lakh metric tons of coal not present in the state has now changed its statement in a week asking the reason for the delay in coal auctioning, the Chief Minister said this shows confusions within the opposition party since they are not clear about the fact.
“The opposition has been going from one stand to another stand and they keep changing their stand. In the beginning, they said that there are no 32 lakh metric tons, then after a week they are saying that the 32 lakh metric ton should be auctioned why is the government delaying it,” Sangma said.
It may be mentioned that the government had informed the apex court that 32 lakh metric tons of already mined coal were lying in different districts of the State.
Reacting to the statement made by the leader of opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma, Conrad termed it as “political” even as he asserted that the government has followed all necessary guidelines and instructions from the Supreme Court and the NGT.
Meanwhile, to a question on the delay in the auctioning of coal, the chief minister said, the process is on and transportation is being done from pit head to depots and the auctioning process will soon start in some of the districts.
Refuting the charges of illegal transportation and mining coal made by Congress, Sangma said that the government has been following the guidelines given by the Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal (NGT).
He further slams the opposition parties for speaking without facts.
This reaction came in wake of the visit of the leader of opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma in East Jaintia Hills and East Garo hills districts.

 It may be mentioned that the former CM in his visit claimed that 32 lakh metric ton coals are not present in the state as he pulled the focus towards alleged illegal transportation of coal. The former CM  said further delay in auctioning of coal may result in further illegalities. EOM