The Jaintia Coal Miners’ and Dealers’ Association (JCMDA) has urged the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the judgement of the top court on July 3, 2019.
It may be mentioned that the Supreme Court had allowed coal mining in Meghalaya subject to compliance with provisions of Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 and Mineral Concession Rules, 1960, Mines Act 1952, and Environment Protection Act 1986.
In a letter to the Chief Executive Member of JHADC today, the coal miners’ body asked the JHADC to file a review petition before the Supreme Court to exempt Meghalaya from Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 and Mineral Concession Rules, 1960.
According to JCMDA, the JHADC should use its power Article 224 and Sixth Schedule of the Constitution to protect the rights of local indigenous people on land and minerals.
JCMDA also said that as per the United Khasi-JaintiaHills District (Application of Laws) Regulation 1952, the District Councils have the power to make laws on land and minerals.