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M'laya claims rights over coalmines

After Nagaland, now its turn for Meghalaya to claim rights over its natural resources. Initially, it confines to the coal mines. The Meghalaya assembly adopted a resolution on Thursday asking for Presidential notification to exempt the state from a certain set of laws on its coalmines. 

According to chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma, a proposal was pending before the Centre where it sought a presidential notification under paragraph 12 A (b) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution they passed in March this year.

The assembly unanimously agreed that a certain slew of Section in the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973, and Coal Bearing Areas (Acquisition and Development) Act, 1957 in the Autonomous Region (Scheduled Areas) in Meghalaya should not be applicable in the hills state.

The resolution was passed two years after the Nagaland assembly in a resolution decided to claim the rights over its own natural resources.

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