Guwahati Feb 7,2018: Assam government has sought help of Meghalaya to curb overloading of coal by trucks at source in neighbouring state following allegation of syndicate resorting to the illegal trade.
During the budget session of the Assembly, transport and industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that the government had taken slew of steps to curb the alleged illegal business and had already set up a committee to monitor the trucks on a daily basis.
Patowary was replying to questions raised by AIUDF MLA, Aminul Islam in the Assembly.
According to allegation, although a six-wheeler truck is allowed to transport only 9 to 10 tons of coal but 20-25 tons are transported from coal fields in Meghalaya.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, a peasants’ rights body here lodged an FIR recently alleging that a syndicate of police, politicians, tax and transport department officials was allowing the illegal practice for money. This caused revenue loss to the state.
Patowary said the state government would not bow down to syndicates as Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had announced zero-tolerance against corruption and on the first meeting of our Cabinet we had decided to close down the check gates.
Coal from coal fields in Meghalaya and upper Assam are transported to various parts of the country via Guwahati.
Patowary said the department had already written letters to tax, GST departments and deputy commissioners and superintendent of police in all districts to curb the illegal practice as alleged by various organizations.