Ban on rat-hole mining continues in Meghalaya
Green Tribunal (NGT) has refused to lift the interim ban on mining in Meghalaya. In April last year, it had issued an interim order to stop rat-hole coal mining across the state and warned against illegal transportation of the mineral. NGT, however, has provided partial relief to coal miners by permitting them to pay royalty on the extracted coal within 21 days and allowed transportation of the mineral until May 31. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma earlier told the Assembly that the state is developing a framework for safe and scientific mining and that NGT had asked the state to consult with the Centre before making final its coal mining plan. Mining is the state's highest revenue generator. The ban resulted in a revenue loss of
600 crore in the current fiscal year.