NGT panel for payment of more compensation to mine victims


NGT panel for payment of more compensation to mine victims

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) appointed committee has decided to recommend the NGT payment of additional compensation to the next of kin of coal miners killed in three different mining tragedies in Meghalaya.

Sixteen miners were killed inside the 370-foot-deep illegal rat-hole coal mine at Khloo Ryngksan area on December 13, 2018, and two others at Mooknor area in East Jaintia Hills district on January 6, 2019. Besides, 15 miners were trapped in a rat-hole coal mine on July 6, 2012 at Nengkol in Rongsa Awe region in South Garo Hills in 2012.

“We have decided to make recommendation for payment of some additional amount apart from the amount which has already been released to them to the NGT,” Justice (retired) B.P. Katakey told IANS on Saturday.

He said the Committee will submit its report in this month and it is scheduled to be considered by the NGT on December 6, next.

The Meghalaya government had paid Rs 1 lakh and another Rs 2 lakh was sanctioned from the Prime Minister Relief Fund, Katakey said. Read More

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