SHILLONG | February 4, 2020:
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma has defended Home Minister, James PK Sangma and stated “when you head the Home department you are always at the firing end.”
Meghalaya Chief Minister was replying to a question over the unhappiness expressed by many of Cabinet Ministers over the failure of Home Minister, James PK Sangma to control the law order situation especially in controlling the illegal transportation of coal in the state.
It was reported that many of the Cabinet Ministers in the MDA Government are unhappy with Home Minister, James K Sangma especially over his “failure” to tackle the illegal transportation of coal and also on the alleged illegal collection of money at Dainadubi check gate in North Garo Hills.
According to him, people might have their own opinions on the law and order situation in the State adding that he would not like to make any remarks on those observations.
“My observation is the Home department has done a good job to tackle the law and order situation in the State. There were only two big law and order problems especially in Shillong. But the situation was brought under control in many ways and there was no loss of life,” Sangma told reporters after the Cabinet meeting in Jowai today.
He said they will again discuss the issue of the prevailing law order situation in the State in the Cabinet and among the colleagues in the MDA, if needed.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma asserted that there is no truth that illegal transportation of coal is going on.
“If people have documents for transportation of coal, that is a different case. But we have made it very clear that no illegal transportation of coal will be allowed. We have issue clear directive to the police department that strict action should be taken if they find any illegal transportation of coal,” he said.
Four Cabinet Ministers did not turn up for the Cabinet Meeting
Meanwhile, four Cabinet Ministers- AL Hek, Samlin Malngiang, Banteidor Lyngdoh and Hamlet Dohling- were absent from the Cabinet meeting in Jowai.
Clarifying on this, Chief Minister said that the four Cabinet Ministers had already informed that they will not be able to attend the Cabinet meeting.
“He (Hek) is in Delhi since he was asked by the party to campaign for the BJP in Delhi elections. Both Banteidor and Hamlet could not attend this Cabinet since they are in Guwahati. He (Samlin) is currently in Kolkata,” Chief Minister said.
According to Sangma, Hek had informed that he will not be able to attend the Cabinet meeting yesterday while the other three Cabinet Ministers had informed about their inability to attend the Cabinet meeting three days back.
Iawmusing Shopping Complex project
On the pending demand for the establishment of Shopping Complex at Iawmusiang, Jowai, the Chief Minister informed that the project has been cleared by the Ministry of DoNER under NLCPR, however, due to changes in the drawings and DPR, certain confusion has been raised by the ministry, which is being clarified by the State Government.
The Chief Minister assured that government of Meghalaya will pursue the project with the Ministry of DoNER and in the meantime will release funds from the State for the project to roll out at the earliest.