Landowners, villagers and coal operators under Mokokchung, Longleng and Mon districts have requested parliamentary secretary geology and mining, irrigation and flood control and border affairs, Y. Patton to lift the ban on coal mining activities since it was the only means of survival for the people living in the remote border areas. To which, the parliamentary secretary, assured to take up the matter with the government at the earliest.
To assess ground realities of coal mining activities in the areas as well as to oversee implementation of Nagaland Coal Policy and Nagaland Coal Mining Rules, the parliamentary secretary accompanied by Director, OSD and senior officers of geology and mining department undertook a tour of Mokokchung, Longleng and Mon districts on November 18 and 19 and held meetings. The team visited all mineral check gates, field rest houses and proposed sites for installation of weigh bridges, coal stockyards etc.
At the interaction with all administrative heads Patton appraised on the implementation of Nagaland Coal Policy and Rules by the department for proper regulation and controlling of coal mining in the state, where the administration of the areas has equal responsibility for its effective monitoring.
Patton said minerals were finite and non-renewable and should be utilised judiciously, and needed to be taken up under supervision of technical experts keeping in mind importance of environmental aspects.
According to H.K Chishi, director, geology and mining, the policy of the state was that the benefit from the minerals were enjoyed by the people and therefore sought co-operation of the people and land owners while implementing these policies. He added, almost all coal deposits lied along the foot hill bordering Assam, and in one such case in Anaki-Yimsen. At the interaction public expressed the problems and difficulties being faced by the people living in the border areas.