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Report on illegal mining to be tabled in Goa Assembly

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 21:33

Panaji: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Goa Assembly would table its detailed report on the illegal mining scam during the two-day session of the House.
Headed by Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar, the PAC has prepared a detailed report on the illegal mining scam, which is likely to indict several government officers and politicians in power.
Refusing to disclose the details of the report, Parrikar said the report would become a public document, once it is tabled in the House.
"I will be tabling it in the Assembly," he said.
The Assembly session will be held on October 5 and 7.
The PAC had issued notices to 64 mining sites out of 90 sites for various kinds of violation related to mining.
Parrikar said around 20 companies have replied to the notices while other companies are still in the process of doing so.
The illegal mining activities, exposed in the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) report, were allegedly carried out at the cost of forest cover in state's iron-ore rich rural belt.
According to sources, Goa exported around 54 million metric tonnes of iron ore last financial year, which is the highest in its history.
The PAC probed various kinds of violation like illegal extraction of ore, extraction of ore beyond the permissible limits, evasion of royalty and others.
As per the rough estimates, the illegal mining scam in the state is pegged at Rs 1,200 crore.


First Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 21:33
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