A day after several prominent organisations opposed transfer of tribal land to Lafarge in Meghalaya, local villagers where the mines of the company are located came out in support saying they have been benefitted by the mining operations.
"Following the commencement of the Lafarge mining, the livelihood and income of locals have improved greatly. Lafarge has also undertaken several development works besides providing jobs to the locals," B Lyngdoh, headman of Nongtrai village where the cement company has its mines, said.
He argued that Lafarge started its operations in accordance with laid down regulations and agreements by the district authorities, state and central level. A fact-finding team, constituted by the Supreme Court, visited the limestone quarry on April 2-3 and were told about the benefits enjoyed by locals from the plant, the lead representative said.