Shillong:Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said that there was no stoppage of limestone from the state provided the Act and Rules are followed and adhered to.
Replying to a query during the Question Hour in the assembly, Dr Sangma said the government is exploring possibility to further simplify the system in facilitating mining and export of limestone as per mandate of law.
However, Opposition leader and United Democratic Party legislator Donkupar Roy informed the assembly said that the export of limestone has been stopped because of the Acts andRules. Dr Roy said that the stoppage of export of limestone large number of people have to suffer a lot especially those solely depending their livelihood on mining activity.
Dr Sangma said that the exercise has been resorted to clear the available stocks as per the prevailing Acts and Rules.
However, the opposition leader said that many people are not aware of the rules and unable to comply with such Rules.
HSPDP chief Ardent M Basaiawmoit alleged that it was a violation of the Constitution and Human Rights where the right to life was denied to those people who have solely depend their livelihood on mining activities.
Reacting to this, the chief minister said that judiciary has intervened because the visible action on the ground was not being adhered to as per the relevant Acts/Rules. “What is constitutional is for the government to abide by any pronouncement by the judiciary and accordingly seek relief through appeal/review petition,” he said while adding that the only thing is to explore possibility of getting relief from the judiciary and this is what the state government has done.