SHILLONG, June, 09, 2017: With thousands of people affected due to the decision of the State Government to stop export of limestone to Bangladesh, the Joint Action Committee of Khasi Jaintia Land Owners and Quarry Association (JACKJLOQA) has urged the Government to immediately approve the release of transit challans for export of extracted limestone in the state to Bangladesh.
With the operation of the Meghalaya Minor Mineral Concession Rules, 2016, the Meghalaya Government since last year had stopped export of limestone to Bangladesh after it was made mandatory for individual to get license for mining and export of limestone.
Talking to reporters here today, JACKJLOQA president Ribanroilang Lyngdoh said the people across the State who are directly or indirectlyinvolved in the limestone mining activities have been badly affected on account of this decision of the State Governmnet.
“We have found that in both Khasi and Jaintia Hills, many people are faced with numerous problems since they have other alternative to earn their livelihood. Many children had to drop out of school because their parents can no longer afford to fund their education.”
He further said that since October 2016 after the state government had stopped issuing of transit challans, those affected included the tea stall owners, betel nut sellers, quarry workers etc.
“We urge the government to issue challans for exporting the extracted limestone and bolder stone which had already been extracted before the High Court had passed had passed order on June 30, 2015 which had made mandatory for individual to get license for mining and export of limestone,” Lyngdoh said.
Echoing similar views, Jrop Singh Nongkhlaw, general secretary of the association, have also urged upon the Government to issue the challans as temporary solutions before the miners attain the mining license and completes the mining plan.