The State cabinet today approved the draft Meghalaya Procurement Preference Policy for micro and small enterprises.
Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed that the State government has brought the draft policy because the government of India has encouraged micro and small enterprises to set up in the states of the country and to encourage their products for usage.
This policy will encourage the setting up of micro and small enterprises and the promotion of local products from the State.
The cabinet also approved the implementation of the guidelines formulated by the Ministry of Power relating to the payment of compensation towards damages for Right of Way for transmission lines.
“The guidelines say those towers erected in that particular place they are subjected to compensation. When we talk of compensation then the Land Acquisition Act will be applicable,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.
The State cabinet also approved the draft Meghalaya Identification, Registration (Safety & Security) of Migrant Workers Rule 2020.
Tynsong said that with the Rule coming into place the migrant workers would have to register with the Labour Department.
Further, the cabinet approved the amendment of Meghalaya Mines and Minerals Concession Rules 2016. Tynsong informed that few amendments were made from the Forest and Environment Department.
“The amendment is inclusion of two more items – extraction of minor minerals from agricultural fields for betterment of the said land. Minor minerals like boulder, sand or earth can be extracted from agricultural land but it should be as per the prescribed norms. The process of getting a mining lease or a quarry permit has to be done by the concerned stakeholders,” Tynsong added.
Another amendment is extraction of minor minerals which is incidental in nature. Tynsong pointed out that during construction of a house, boulders or stone are found during land development and such is allowed to be sold.