Dr. Mukul asks Govt to stop illegal coal trade



 Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma has asked the Government of India to stop the alleged illegal coal trade in the state.
Sangma reminded that section 21 of the MMDR Act, 1957 is a cognizable offence.
“Therefore, coal being a subject under the Government of India, it is incumbent upon the government to take cognizance of what is happening and take recourse to all the actions as per law to stop these illegalities,” he told Meghalaya News 24.
“The government should take cognizance of whatever is happening and proceed as per law – that is all we want nothing else, nothing less,” the former chief minister added.
His statement came after detecting rampant illegal mining and transportation of coal during a recent surprise inspection to Nongalbibra areas of South Garo Hills.
On Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong’s claim that the issue of illegal coal mining is being monitored by the National Green Tribunal, Sangma however said, “He (Tynsong) can have his own opinion or he can be always on a denial mode. It is nothing surprising the government has been from day one on a denial mode of what is happening on the ground zero but reality is different.”
In view of this, he said the AITC is reiterating its demand for an independent inquiry into the alleged coal racket.
“This whole instances of irregular mining, alleged loading and transportation of the coal from Meghalaya, has to be investigated and it must be an investigation which should be monitored by the court and this is precise what can unearth the truth in the interest of the state,” Sangma said.
Stating that on repeated occasion they have tried to draw the attention of the government, he however said, “Their (Govt) denial or otherwise is not an issue for us because we will ensure that the Government of India takes cognizance of this problem.”