Shillong, June 27: The All Jaintia Youth Welfare Organization – Central Body (AJYWO-CB) has expressed its deep concern over what it has termed as the starvation in Jaintia Hills, especially in East Jaintia Hills, which has resulted from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on the extraction and sale of coal in the state and will soon apprise the Prime Minister about the plight of the people which is a direct result of this ban.
“Thousands of people in Jaintia Hills, especially those in East Jaintia Hills are now living in abject poverty and are now starving which has never happened because of the NGT ban on extraction and sale of coal in Meghalaya. This sudden ban of the NGT has severely affected everyone, especially those who depend on this trade for their daily bread,” said the president of AJYWO-CB, MH Dkhar.
Dkhar also said that in his recent meeting with the members of households which depend on this trade for their daily sustenance, these people had expressed their deep sorrow over this NGT ban in Meghalaya. These people had said that because the ban was a sudden one, they were not prepared for it and are now finding it very difficult to find alternative employment.
Some of these people are in such a hapless situation that they have threatened to commit suicide besides killing their children for whom they cannot even provide a meal a day now, said Dkhar.
“With regard to this starvation of our people, the AJYWO-CB will soon send a letter to the Prime Minister of the country and the Union Minister of the Ministry of Coal to plead with them to see the plight of the people that has resulted out of the NGT ban on coal mining,” said Dkhar even as he added that the Organization will also demand that the Government of Meghalaya looks for ways and means to help all who have been affected by this ban.
“The organization will also plead with the NGT to have pity on the thousands of people who are beginning to die of starvation because of its order to ban the extraction and sale of coal in Meghalaya,” said Dkhar.