SHILLONG | March 28, 2019:

The KHADC has decided to summon the Geological Survey of India (GSI) to seek clarification if the No Objection Certificate (NOC) given by the Council for carrying out the mineral exploration activities also include the exploration of uranium ore.

“We will scrap the NOC given to the GSI if we establish that the mineral exploration activities also include the exploration of uranium ore,” KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Teinwell Dkhar said while replying to the zero hour notice brought by Nongpoh Congress MDC, Balajied Rani on the final day of the Council Budget session here today.

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It may be mentioned that the previous EC led by Hispreaching Son Shylla on February 15 last had given an NOC to the GSI for carrying out geological mapping, survey, mineral exploration and research activities in parts of the Khasi Hills region.

The Opposition Congress had expressed apprehension over the NOC given to the GSI. Mylliem Congress MDC, Ronnie V Lyngdoh said that the former CEM HS Shylla had given the NOC when the date of election had already been announced. “Being a caretaker CEM, he should not have issued the NOC since the model code of conduct was enforced. The Council cannot take any policy decision when the model code of conduct is in effect,” he said.

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Dkhar said that it was “wrong” on the part of the ex-chief executive member H S Shylla to issue the NOC after the Council elections have already been announced.

Earlier, the Geological Survey of India (GSI), North Eastern Region had clarified that the GSI is not involved in search for Uranium or its mining in the state. In fact exploration of atomic minerals is not a mandate for GSI.

“The GSI has suspended all its activities in a response to the concerns of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) since November 2018 for four months. GSI resumed geological mapping and mineral exploration activities in Khasi Hills districts on March 2019 after obtaining No Objection Certificate (NOC) from KHADC,” the GSI said.

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Addl. Director General and Head of the Department, North Eastern Region Geological Survey of India, Mulkh Raj Jarngal, has commented that in an endeavour to fulfil its social responsibilities, GSI has been providing the most important basic geo-science data to the policy makers, planners and designers of modern society to safeguard the life and property of the people against natural calamities like landslide, earthquake etc.

“All these basic geo-science data collection by GSI has been possible with the help and co-operation received from the people of the region. With this NOC from the KHADC, it will not only create a better and conducive working environment but also foster the co-operation between GSI and local people,” he said.



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