Illegal transportation of coal and Covid-19 are expected to figure prominently in the autumn session of the Meghalaya Assembly which will begin here from November 5.
The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) will meet here tomorrow to decide the duration of the session.
The BAC meeting which will be chaired by Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh will be attended by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Deputy Chief Minister in-charge of Parliamentary Affairs Prestone Tynsong and Leader of Opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma
“The BAC will meet at the Speaker’s office at 3 pm tomorrow to finalise the duration of the session,” sources informed today.
The opposition Congress has already intensified its attack against the Conrad Sangma government for the alleged role in the illegal transportation of coal in the State.
Recently, five ministers have complained to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma about the illegal transportation of coal. They also alleged that challans were issued to six-tyre trucks to transport illegal coal.
The BJP which is also part of the MDA government has asked the State government to arrest cabinet minister James Sangma and all those involved in the alleged coal racket.
Meanwhile, the opposition is also likely to seek details from the government on the huge expenditure to the tune of Rs 399 crore to tackle Covid-19 pandemic in the State.
According to the State government, Rs 399 crore has been spent to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the State since March till September 30.
Of this, Rs 188.9 crore was spent to meet the expenditures of the corona centers, procurement of PPEs, ambulances, lab and surveillances and other facilities under the National Health Mission (NHM) and Rs 82.4 crore was spent for procurement of oxygen cylinders, BP monitor, digital thermometers, ventilators, surgical gloves and thermal scanners, among others.
The government also said that Rs 48 crore of the total expenditure was received as assistance from the Centre.