The six-member Committee chaired by the cabinet secretary has Home secretary, Coal ministry secretary, Mines secretary and Meghalaya chief secretary, the official said.

"The Prime Minister's Office has last week constituted the committee to work out a harmonious solution on the matter," Meghalaya Mining and Geology principal secretary Y Tshering said.

Tasked with facilitating systemic, scientific and planned utilization of mineral resources in the state, the committee will have its first meeting in Delhi on 15th September next to deliberate in the matter, he said.

Meghalaya Chief Secretary PBO Warjri has had a deliberation with the concerned officials in his office chamber earlier on Thursday.
While the state has approved the Meghalaya Mines and Minerals Policy two years ago, rules for the same are yet to come up.

The National Green Tribunal has in April put on hold all coal mining activities to meet statutory requirement of environment protection and safety.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has taken up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July after which the former has directed the department to engage a renowned Constitutional lawyer to advise the government in this regard.

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