- The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma justified his action of assigning Meghalaya Mineral Development Corporation (MMDC) to carry out the coal mining on behalf of miners
- In the past, the coal miners had opposed the move of the government to hand over mining activities to MMDC
The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma justified his action of assigning Meghalaya Mineral Development Corporation (MMDC) to carry out the coal mining on behalf of miners, on Wednesday. Meanwhile, on the other hand, the Congress legislator and KHADC chief executive member PN Syiem expressed reservation over the matter.
P N Syiem was moving a call attention motion in the Assembly on Wednesday. The leader said that the mine owners would not accept MMDC’s new role. He also drove attention towards the notice of the House that on September 24, 2015, the state government had signed MoU with Globally Mining Services consultant for mining activities and had paid Rs 9 lakh per month which might sum up to over Rs 1 crore till date and this could be the sheer waste of public money.
CM MUKUL SANGMA BACKED MMDC TO CARRY OUT MINING
Though the chief minister backed his act and said that the MMDC would act as an instrument to provide relief to coal miners who are otherwise affected because of the ban on coal mining by NGT. CM Mukul Sangma further said that the offer of MMDC was made while pending the decision of the Centre to induce Para 12 A (b) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution to immune Meghalaya from the purview of central mining laws.
It must be noted that in the past, the coal miners had opposed the move of the government to hand over mining activities to MMDC. As per the CM Mukul Sangma, once the role of MMDC gets accepted, only 20 to 25 percent profit would come to MMDC while the rest of the profit would go to the miners. He further added that because of this process, Benami transactions and activities of middlemen could be checked.
CM Sangma said, “MMDC will not be the owner of the mines, but the corporation will take all the necessary measures to prepare mining plans and get various clearances after obtaining mining lease from the Government of India”.
The chief minister later added that once the mining activities would be over, the mines would be handed over to the people and there wouldn’t be any question of alienation of land. The CM added, “What is the problem in having MMDC as a partner rather than bringing some other businessmen or Marwaris and others from outside? MMDC is an agent of the government”.
(News Input from The Shillong Times)