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Assam CM Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Coal India explore possibilities of resuming mining in Coalfields of Northeast

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From Assam Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) :
(Except for the headline, no change has been made by Gana Adhikar Media Network News Desk in the text of this Communique received from the Assam Chief Minister’s Office)

Margherita June 19 2021 :

Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma today visited Margherita in Tinsukia and held a meeting with senior officers of Coal India Ltd. He discussed various issues pertaining to restarting mining activities in the North Eastern Coalfields (NEC).

Later talking to mediapersons, the Chief Minister said that issues like pollution, forest and environmental clearances are involved regarding resumption of mining activities and a tripartite meeting between Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India and Government of Assam would be held next month in New Delhi to take final decision in the matter.

He said all stakeholders must come together to find a solution to the problem and said the Coal India Ltd. should also come forward in this regard by taking steps such as contributing in Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) which is meant for promoting afforestation and regeneration activities.

Dr Sarma said a concentrated and scientific approach is needed to resolve the issue and steps have to be taken in a phased manner to achieve the balance between mining and forest protection. The Chief Minister also received memorandums from various organisations and stakeholders today and said that a way would be found to resume economic activities without harming the environment. Steps have to be taken for sustaining economy, livelihood and environment, he said.

Union MoS (Minister of State) in Ministry of Food Processing Rameswar Teli, Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Tea Tribes Welfare Minister Sanjay Kishan, MLA Margherita Bhaskar Sharma and senior officers of concerned departments were also present in the meeting.

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