Shillong, Mar 1: Meghalaya Home Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui on Tuesday said that the government is trying to do its best to stop illegal coal mining in the state despite constraint of shortage of forces.
Rymbui informed that there the state police is facing a shortage of 1800 police personnel which are posts of Sub Inspectors and below.
The Home Minister said, â€œSo with this shortage it is not possible for the police to do everything. But I appreciate they have tried their best and we will try to do our best to see that this thing is stopped,â€ he added.
Rymbui also pointed out that whenever they get the information the police are trying to rush and stop the illegal activities.
He informed that the Home (Police) Department have advertised to fill up 900 odd posts and recruitment is going on righj now.
â€œAgain we will advertise 48 more posts shortly. The MPSC is also in the process of recruiting of officers,â€ Rymbui added.
The Home Minister when told that the NGT had said there should be deployment of central forces to check illegal coal trade said, â€œbut at what cost.â€
â€œWe are trying to do maximum of policing so we are doing it and we will do it,â€ Rymbui added.