Shillong, August 5, 2022(MMP):This is for the general information to the public as well as the print and the electronic media that the HNLC has authorised its Vice Chairman-Manbhalang Jyrwa, Political Secretary-Aristerwell Thongni, and Foreign secretary-Phrangkupar Diengdoh including two of their PSO (Personal Security officers-Aiborlem Marbaniang and-Storgy Lyngdoh to participate in the ongoing Tripartite Peace talks between the Govt of India, Govt of Meghalaya and the HNLC.
Since the year 2004 the agenda of peace talks were initiated but it did not materialise, in spite of the Congress being in power at the state as well as the centre.
Again in the year 2014 as per the request made by Ex Governor of Meghalaya Shri RS Moosahary to come forward to the negotiating table, the HNLC accepted the offer to come forward but subsequently the same congress government failed us.
This time the HNLC is positive about the initiative taken by the MDA government as well the approval made by the NDA government at the centre. For the last few months the talks have been heading towards the right direction due to the cooperation extended by both the GOM and the GOI. The decision to send our top leaders to engage in the ongoing peace talks is due to the trust that has been built between the HNLC and the appointed interlocutors Shri AK Mishra, Ministry of Home affairs(Retd IPS),Shri Peter Dkhar (Retd IAS), our representative Bah Sadon Blah and the HNYF.
We would like to thank the government for providing a safe passage to our leaders and at the same time we believe that the safety and security of our leaders shall not be compromised. Our leaders should feel safe and comfortable and that their stay in the appointed locations as provided by the government should not result in house arrest kind of an atmosphere.
As long as the peace process is in progress, we are determined to make it happen, we would not leave any stone unturned and hope for a positive outcome. But in case of any eventuality whereby the peace talks fail, our leaders should return safe and sound to our respective location headquarters as per the discussions held with the government.
The HNLC is committed to the peace talks and we hope and expect the same kind of commitment from the government. We believe that the Peace process would be expedited at the earliest and a step towards a political solution would be arrived at. So as to enable Peace and tranquility in the State.
Hynniewtrep Youth Council urges CM to remove all proposals relating to uranium mining in the state
Shillong, August 5, 2022(MMP):On mining of Uranium in the state, the Hynniewtrep Youth Council has urged Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma, to adopt a resolution in the Assembly to remove all proposals relating to uranium mining in the state. The HYC’s demand to adopt a resolution against uranium mining in Meghalaya was made after union minister Dr Jitendra Singh informed the Lok Sabha that the Centre has not yet abandoned the idea of uranium mining at Domiasiat-Mawthabah area in South West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. In a memorandum submitted to Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, HYC president Robertjune Kharjahrin and general secretary Roy Kupar Synrem said as per a statement of Union Minister of State Dr Jitendra Singh to an unstarred question in the Parliament it is clear that the government of India is still pursuing with uranium mining in the state.” The HYC said, “It would be prudent and forceful that the Assembly pass a resolution and to impress upon the government of India to close down any programme or proposal to mine uranium.” Notably, Meghalaya is the third uranium-rich state in the country after Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. The state accounts for 16 per cent of India’s uranium reserves, with deposits estimated to be around 9500 tonnes and 4000 tonnes at Domiasiat and Wakhaji respectively. The Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) has proposed to set up an open-cast uranium mining and processing plant at Meghalaya’s Mawthabah.