VPP anguished over MDA’s move to facilitate illegal mining

Shillong, May 15: The Voice of the People Party (VPP) has expressed anguish over the plan of the government to carry out illegal mining in the name of scientific mining at the hands of a few coal barons.

In a statement issued on Monday, the VPP spokesperson Batskhem Myrboh said the policy and measures adopted by the NPP-ed MDA 2.0 with regard to mining in the state.


“There is a clear indication that this  government attempts to serve the interest of a few individuals who are close with the government. It is undoubted that under this government, the rich get richer while the poor become poorer due to an unjust policy”,  Myrboh said.

He pointed out that given the illegalities that the MDA government commits which even the Meghalaya High Court observed from time to time, there is a high possibility that illegal mining will be carried under the cover of scientific mining controlled by a few individuals belonging to a ‘high level tribe’.

The party is of the opinion that the state will be able to prosper only when the government adopts the just and fair policy taking everybody on board.

The party also expressed concern that the state is headed by someone who is unaware and unclear of the condition that the state is in and the goal that he sets for the state. During the budget session, the Chief Minister had proudly stated that the MDA 2.0 government will put Meghalaya on the path of becoming the $ 10 Million economy.

$ 10 Million economy & power shortage 

“Can this target be achieved without power and the state suffering from load shedding of more than ten hours per day? Any person with the smallest capacity to use rational thinking will find it difficult to accept the daydream sold by this government? The load shedding of extreme nature reveals the total mismanagement of the government in the power department”, Myrboh said.

Load shedding has affected those industries and business establishments which depend their work on electricity. This results in the loss of revenue for many of the establishments. Moreover, it affects the students who have to appear in different examinations. In the present era where internet has become an integral part of teaching and learning, load shedding means directly curtailing the rights of students to learn.

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