Jowai: The Public meeting of the Jaintia Hills Amalgamated & Redressal Forum was held last Saturday at Tuber Shohshrieh ground. The main resolution taken was to appeal to the Executive Committee of JHADC to take up the matter once again with the apex court of India. The matter is that Meghalaya be excluded from mining Act of India called MMDR Act.
Chairman of the Forum, Helping Phawa said that the JHADC has the right to approach the Supreme Court because Meghalaya is under the Sixth Scheduled Application Law, 1952.
the second resolution is to meet the Chief Minister for speeding up the mining Policy of the state which will be eco-friendly.
The Forum is grieving that the current state government is seen to focus only on the sale of 32 lakh tons extracted coal.but not on the policy that will enable the people to continue mining. Obil Kyndait, ex-CEM and ex-MLA slams the current JHADC which is complacent despite its employees not getting salary.
Lakhon Biam, MDC of Nongbah and BJP leader in Jaintia Hills appealed to all the voters of the 29 Constituencies to pressurize their own MDCs to table the bill on coal mining in the Council’s durbar.
Erwin K Sutnga, however, provoked the people to protest against the Centre’s plan to amend the Sixth Schedule. Citing the abolition of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir he said, it will not take time for the Centre to do the same with article 371.