Meghalaya CM: About 2,000 cases filed against illegal coal activities in the last 5 years
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Meghalaya CM: About 2,000 cases filed against illegal coal activities in the last 5 years

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma informed that since the MDA came into power, the government has implemented the provision of MMDR Act sec 21(4)

Shillong: Talking about the Meghalaya government's response to illegal coal mining and transportation, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma informed that almost 2,000 cases has been filed in the last 5 years.

In 2014 there were 203 cases and in 2015 there were 541 cases. The numbers for 2016, 2017 and 2018 are 117, 274, and 400 cases respectively, Sangma informed the assembly.

Sangma's response comes amid the question hour of Autumn Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

MLA SK Sunn had questioned Meghalaya chief minister how the state has dealt with the situation.

To this, Sangma informed that since the MDA came into power the government has implemented the provision of MMDR Act sec 21(4).

He said earlier, individuals who are caught were only made to pay small fines under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

“Now, with the provisions in place they will be jailed for 5 years and fined 5 lakh,” said Sangma.

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He said other efforts include joint patrolling teams in different locations so that there is a coordinated efforts by District Administrators. There was also a helpline in place so that people can call and complain if they come across any cases.

Sangma said that cash reward of Rs 5,000 for informants who provide tips on illegal coal transportation and mining.

Sangma said, “Smart and integrated check gates will be put up in different locations. The new depots should have high integrated facilities and an online portal has also been launched.”

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