SHILLONG: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma told the assembly on Wednesday that the state government has adopted various measures to vacate the ban on coal mining imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in April, 2014.

Expressing concern over the ban, Mukul said the case is still pending in the Supreme Court.

Replying to a discussion on a cut motion tabled by WT Chyne of United Democratic Party, Mukul pointed out that the assembly had earlier adopted a resolution seeking presidential notification for exempting the tribal state from the purview of the Government of India’s Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 and Coal Mines (Nationalization) Act, 1973.

He said the state government had also taken up with the Centre the need to invoke paragraph 12A (b) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution so that application of central laws relating to mining were not made applicable in Meghalaya. The chief minister assured the house of pursuing the matter. Read more