The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government has been attacked by the Congress for allegedly delaying the start of scientific coal mining, which has resulted in “poor affecting many people in the coal-rich territory of East Jaintia Hills.”
Vincent H Pala, the chairman of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), stated that the people of Meghalaya support legitimate coal mining.
“People are ready for it,” he added, “but this administration has not done anything because they don’t want scientific mining, they don’t want legal mining because they want things to be illegal to benefit themselves,” he said.
“There will be a lot of improvement in the health and well-being of the people if it is scientific or legal coal mining,” he added, “but it is only for a particular section of the population right now.”
After the National Green Tribunal (NGT) placed a blanket ban on unlawful rat-hole coal mining, Pala accused the state administration of abandoning the people.
The MPCC president, who is slated to run in the state’s forthcoming assembly elections from the Sutnga-Saipung constituency, claimed that during his door-to-door visit, he discovered that poverty is widespread in the district’s coal belt areas.
People can’t afford to fix their dilapidated dwellings or offer tea to a visitor, he said, while some regions have more than 40-50 luxury cars, he added, adding that the rich are becoming too rich and the poor are becoming too impoverished.
Vincent H Pala, the leader of the Congress, adding that this was one of the key reasons he decided to enter state politics in order to help the people.
He believes that poverty will persist until and unless the government takes steps to implement policies that safeguard livelihoods and reduce poverty.
He went on to say that the party has organised units in various blocks and voting locations, and that the process is underway of starting the campaign is on.
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