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�New approach� to uranium mining proposed

By Raju Das

SHILLONG, May 8 � Meghalaya Government would adopt a �new approach� to try finding a solution to people�s fears about health and environment hazard, arising from Uranium mining.

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said that he had a �fruitful interaction� with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh early this week about the proposed Uranium mining in Meghalaya and also other issues.

�The Prime Minister has assured that all necessary instructions would be given to relevant Ministries (concerning Uranium mining) for building up a consensus on this issue in the best interest of the people of Meghalaya in particular and India in general,� Sangma said during a press briefing yesterday.

Sangma said, as part of the new approach, complete engagement of all sections of the people including civil societies, NGOs, experts would be sought through discussions, seminars and workshops on the issue.

�The discussions and seminars would seek to find out whether there is a solution to the apprehension of the people as far as impact on health and environment issues vis-�-vis the proposed Uranium mining is concerned,� Sangma said.

Several NGOs and political parties in the State are opposed to mining of Uranium in West Khasi Hills district fearing health and environment hazard.

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�New approach� to uranium mining proposed

SHILLONG, May 8 � Meghalaya Government would adopt a �new approach� to try finding a solution to people�s fears about health and environment hazard, arising from Uranium mining.

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said that he had a �fruitful interaction� with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh early this week about the proposed Uranium mining in Meghalaya and also other issues.

�The Prime Minister has assured that all necessary instructions would be given to relevant Ministries (concerning Uranium mining) for building up a consensus on this issue in the best interest of the people of Meghalaya in particular and India in general,� Sangma said during a press briefing yesterday.

Sangma said, as part of the new approach, complete engagement of all sections of the people including civil societies, NGOs, experts would be sought through discussions, seminars and workshops on the issue.

�The discussions and seminars would seek to find out whether there is a solution to the apprehension of the people as far as impact on health and environment issues vis-�-vis the proposed Uranium mining is concerned,� Sangma said.

Several NGOs and political parties in the State are opposed to mining of Uranium in West Khasi Hills district fearing health and environment hazard.