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Sangma meets Goyal, discusses coal mining ban issue

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

Chief Conrad today met in and discussed the coal ban that has hit the northeastern state hard for the past four years.

Goyal assured that he would look into the grievance of the coal miners, the said in a statement here.

The (NGT) had banned of coal in in 2014 after it received petitions on rampant violation of environment norms and utter disregard for safety measures by miners.

The has assured finding an early solution to the problem, was quoted as saying in the statement.

"Coal is important for the state and the region. It is important that a balance is struck considering the fragile environment. We discussed on ways to initiate coal mining in the state. said.

Sangma said Goyal has given a positive response to the suggestions and ideas put forward by him and his cabinet colleagues.

Sangma along with Prestone Tynsong, and Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh, called on Goyal at his office today.

Sangma is also likely to meet Narendra Modi in this regard.

Last week, the state cabinet had decided to pursue a resolution passed by the state Assembly to urge Centres intervention for resolving the ban on in the state.

In 2015, the Assembly had unanimously adopted a resolution to urge the Centre to invoke Para 12 A (b) of the Sixth Schedule through a Presidential notification to exempt from the central laws related to mining which include the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, and the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 18:40 IST