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Raised coal mining issue multiple times: Rajya Sabha member  

Shillong, Sept 27:  Rajya Sabha member Rakesh Sinha said he had raised a number of questions on illegal mining in the state in the Upper House of Parliament.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a programme at  Kongthong, his adopted village on Monday, he said, “I raised not once but four times on the issue of illegal mining in Meghalaya. No other person has raised it.”

Sinha said during his Rajya Sabha tenure in the last three years he had raised the issue of illegal mining of coal and stones that are destroying the state a dozen times.

He added that if anyone destroys the culture, the state will be destroyed.

“If you destroy environment and ecology of the place, Meghalaya will be destroyed. Meghalaya’s beauty is in its culture and nature,” he added.

The Rajya member said his purpose is to create awareness among the people and among outsiders who are tourists that they should come here to enrich the place and not to weaken it.

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