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Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong today said that the Government had issued a standing order to all concerned authorities, especially the district administration to be more active and to take stringent measures against illegal activities.
Tynsong was reacting when asked about the petition of Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma who had written to the Chief Justice and Supreme Court of India about continuous illegal mining and illegal transportation in the State.
According to the Deputy Chief Minister, the standing order was issued in 2015-2016 and the order still stands.
“The Government has issued directives to the district administrations, Deputy Commissioners, Superintendent of Police and concerned departments that they should be proactive to ensure that illegalities do not take place.” said Tynsong.
It may be mentioned that the Leader of Opposition in his letter dated January 13, 2021, sent through the Chief Secretary, Meghalaya, MS Rao and copies of which were also forwarded to Chief Justice of High Court of Meghalaya, Chairman, National Green Tribunal, and Chairman of Meghalaya Lokayukta said that he(Dr Mukul Sangma) had visited Khliehrangnah, Shangpung, West Jaintia Hills, on October 28, 2020, to verify the truth from ground zero
“Upon arrival at the site, as led by the Deputy Commissioner, Jowai and Divisional Mining Officer, Jowai, a number of depot(s)/dumping ground were found and the site showed that recently mined coal, apparently carried by siding trucks or dumper trucks, were dumped in a scattered manner,” Sangma had stated in the letter.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)