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Panel gives go-ahead for uranium mining in M’laya
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 19
Published on 20 Mar. 2010 1:08 AM IST
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The Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Tribe/ Castes and Other Backward Classes of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly has found no danger from the mining and processing of uranium.
The committee headed by former Home Minister and Congress legislator, HDR Lyngdoh had visited the proposed Kylleng Pyndengsohiong Mawthabah uranium mining site in West Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, UCIL units at Jadugoda and other Atomic Enery units at Hyderabad, Kalpakam and BARC Mumbai found that miners who have been working in uranium sites amnd processing plants for 30-35 years had no effects of radiation.
In its fifth report tabled in the Assembly today, the committee recommended to the Meghalaya government to consider taking up the Kylleng Pyndengsohiong Mawthabah uranium project without further ado, but subject to some conditions. The conditions recommended include the setting up of a dedicated health physics unit and environmental survey laboratory byu UCIL to monitor the work place and environment at the site.
The unit should be independent of the admnistrative control of UCIL so that proper reports are available, the ten-member committee recommended. It further recommnded that UCIL should hol;d medical camps in sorrounding villages at least once in a week to provide free medical check-ups and medicines.
UCIL should also provides assistance in literacy and education programmes to the local people of the area for career development, besides containing influx.

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