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Hek asks CM to act against illegal coke factories    

Shillong, June 21: Cabinet Minister AL Hek on Monday wanted action against illegal coke factories operating in Jaintia Hills.

Hek told reporters on Monday that after the matter was brought to his notice by a delegation of the Hynniewtrep Integration Territorial Organization (HITO), he immediately wrote to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.

The BJP leader said there are 37 coke factories in Jaintia Hills of which only five have obtained proper licenses for operation while the rest are operating without valid licenses.

“Therefore, I have requested the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister to look into the matter and ensure all 32 illegal coke factories are closed,” Hek said.

HITO president Donbok Dkhar had alleged that one of the illegal coke factories belong to the NPP working president Nidamon Chullet  besides former MLA Justice Dkhar and former MDC Thomas Nongtdu are also among the owners of the illegal coke factories.

To a query, Dkhar said the information is based on RTI findings of the organisation.

“We demand the state government to immediately close down all illegal coke factories in the Jaintia Hills region. If the state government fails to comply with the demand, we will be left with no option but to resort to non cooperation movement,” he said.

Dkhar said the health minister assured to follow up the matter.

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