Meghalaya government asks Centre to facilitate commissioning of 22 more border haats

Meghalaya government asks Centre to facilitate commissioning of 22 more border haats

SHILONG, March 7 2017: The Meghalaya government has urged the Centre to facilitate opening of 22 more border haats (traditional markets) along the India-Bangladesh border, chief minister Mukul Sangma informed the assembly on Monday.

"Based on bilateral engagement, there is scope for setting up more border haats," he said. He added that of the 22 new haats, the Centre agreed to sanction four. He said the state government is following this up with the Centre to facilitate commissioning of new haats," he said.

The two existing haats at Kalaichar and Balat have not only promoted trade but has also strengthened ties between people of the two countries, the chief minister said. He added that action will  be taken against alleged illegal businesses at the Balat border haat in East Khasi Hills district.

Replying to a call attention motion moved by opposition leader Donkupar Roy in the assembly, Mukul informed the house that based on a complaint by an RTI activist, the deputy commissioner has ordered an inquiry by a district magistrate. "On receiving the report, necessary action will be taken as it is a matter of concern," he said.

"There is no halt to export of limestone from the state provided the rules are followed," Mukul told the house while replying to a question raised by Opposition leader Donkupar Roy.

In pursuant to the directions issued by the Meghalaya high court on June 30, 2015 and November 26, 2015 in a case involving Tangkham Sangma versus the State of Meghalaya and others, the government has taken several measures to regulate mining of minerals, including limestone, to facilitate mining and export of limestone, said the chief minister.

Source: The Times Of India

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