SHILLONG, Sept 21 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said the State Government is engaging with the Central Government to restore the mining rights of the tribal people in the State.
Replying to a Call Attention Motion, Sangma said in the Assembly that at least two Central legislations have caused some problems, as far as the people�s right over their mines in the State is concerned.
He said the Coal Mine (Nationalisation) Act, 1973 and Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 2015 have superseded all laws of the State and under these two laws the mines belong to the Government of India and not the people, Sangma informed the House.
Stating that the State Government is actively engaging with the Central Government, the Chief Minister said, request have been made to rescind some of the provisions of the Central Acts so that the rights of the people over their mines are restored.
He said the State Government is bringing in a resolution in the current session of the Assembly to request the Centre, that under Para 126 (AB) of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, some of the provisions of the Central Acts be rescinded through a Presidential notification.
Sangma also said that the State Government has held several meetings with different departments of the Central Government and working together so that the problem of the mining rights of the people is resolved.
The Chief Minister also informed the House that the State Government is trying to get the National Green Tribunal�s ban on coal mining and transportation lifted from the State.
He said that the Government has taken action in line with the NGT�s direction and is constantly in touch with Central Government departments and the Ministry of Environment and Forest. Asserting that the State Government is not working in isolation, he said, when the State Government notified the Mine and Minerals Policy and was about to implement it, the NGT ban on coal mining came and the policy got entangled in legal hurdles.