Tura, Aug. 5: The Garo Students Union (GSU) today said the government should rethink the ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal on coal mining.
The outfit urged the government to take a serious note of the issue and prepare an environment-friendly mining plan, which will not dilute the Sixth Schedule or the issue of land ownership of the indigenous people.
“It seems that the government is not serious about the problems faced by thousands of people in Meghalaya,” said Tengsak G. Momin, the president of the union.
Momin said, “The failure of the recently scrapped committee to comply with the tribunal’s directives purely shows its unwillingness to solve the problem.”
On environmental concerns, Momin said, “The protection of the environment is of utmost importance. The decision of the government should reflect a well- balanced policy, which is in the greatest interest of the state.”
The release also urged the tribunal to allow transportation of extracted coal, as the rains will wash away some of the coal into the water anyway.
“The tribunal must understand the desperation of those engaged in coal extraction,” he added.