‘Goa determined to crack down on illegal mining’
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 21:40
  
Panaji: Goa Governor K Sankarnarayanan today said the state government is committed to crack down on illegal mining and the mafia involved in such activities.

"While permitting legal mining, my government is determined to crack down on the illegal mining as also the mafias involved in such illegal operations," he told the State Legislative Assembly.

Addressing first session of the sixth Legislative Assembly of Goa, Sankarnarayanan said no more forest areas would be diverted for mining activity in the state.

He said mining has been a dominant industry providing employment to a number of persons and contributing significantly to the exchequer earnings.

"My government wishes to reduce dependency of the Goan economy on this sector," he said.

Goa has witnessed massive illegal mining in the state which is being probed by Centre-appointed Justice M B Shah Commission and also by the state Assembly's Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The illegal mining is estimated to be around Rs 1,200 crore to Rs 10,000 crore.

The Governor said government is aware of health problems being faced by Goans residing in mining affected areas as well as the degradation of forest and agricultural lands.

"The endeavour of my government will be to make all out efforts to increase revenues from legal mining operation and plough back substantial part of the revenue to provide better infrastructure as also for reversal of environmental degradation," he said.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 21:40


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