October 5th, 2011
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PAC blames Goa CM for illegal mining

illegal mining in GoaPanaji: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Goa that will table its report in the House today blamed Chief Minister Digambar Kamat for allegedly encouraging illegal mining in the state. PAC stated that if illegal mining in the state is not curbed, even the legal mines would face closure.

Committee chief and opposition leader, Manohar Parrikar has blamed Mr Kamat who has been handling the mining department for the last 12 years of being a silent spectator to all illegal activities in the state. In his report Mr Parrikar has said that in the last five years, iron ore equal to 20 million tonnes is exported annually which is worth around Rs. 3,500 crore. This ore is exported without paying any royalty to the state government. He also claims that half of Goa’s mines are operating illegally.

As per the report illegal mining has resulted in strain on infrastructure, ecology, agriculture and threatens to destroy the water security of the state if it is not controlled immediately. The report also indicts other ministers like Goa’s Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao, Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik’s son Roy Naik and Goa Congress president Subhash Shirodkar.

The report is said to have recommended the appointment of an independent agency like CBI or Lokayukta to probe into illegal mining nexus being carried out in connivance of local politicians, bureaucrats of the Mines and Forest departments and police force.



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