Govt says no inquiry into illegalities in coal issue

Govt waiting for Centre's response on deployment of CAPF to check illegal transportation of coal: CM

Shillong, Nov 6: The Meghalaya government today said that authorities are taking action against anyone indulging in illegal coal transportation even as it made clear that there will be no inquiry on the matter as demanded by the opposition Congress.

“Whenever there is illegal transportation of coal the concern authorities seizes them,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong told media persons.

On reports that the opposition leader in the Meghalaya Assembly, Dr. Mukul Sangma has evidence of illegalities in coal transportation and mining, Tynsong said that if he has then the same should presented in detail in the House.

It may be mentioned that on Thursday, Dr. Sangma had told media persons that since he has brought out the illegalities in coal transportation and mining now it was the job of the government to inquire into the matter.

Meanwhile, Tynsong has also refuted claims that challans issued by the Directorate of Mineral Resources are being resold.

Tynsong said that those who are alleging should find out when and how many challans were issued for transporting coal.

Yesterday, the youth wing of the Jaiñtia Coal Miners and Dealers Association in a letter to Chief Secretary MS Rao alleged that challans meant for the transportation of recently-auctioned coal from East Jaiñtia Hills are being resold in the black market.