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Coal miners warned

Tura, Feb. 18: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today asked coal miners in Garo hills to adhere to the mining policy, 2012.

Addressing coal miners at Williamnagar, he said the traditional method of extracting coal has to be discontinued, as it poses a threat to life and environment. Stating that the mining policy has to be fine-tuned to adapt to the changing situation, he said unscientific mining has led to loss of life.

“At all costs, it has to be ensured that disasters do not occur,” he added. He also mooted that abandoned mining areas should be developed for habitation.

Sangma assured the miners that the government is committed to facilitate and regulate the mining policy for the benefit of the people. “We have to look beyond the traditional practice of extracting coal in the state. Today, mining has become commercial and mechanised,” he added.

He also asked the miners not to engage unskilled labour, which has led to calamities.