‘Goa govt, Cong not involved in illegal mining’

Goa Congress Friday said the party or the government was not involved in any illegal mining activity in the state but if anyone is found guilty, he should be punished in his individual capacity.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2011, 14:39 PM IST

Panaji: Goa Congress Friday said the party or
the government was not involved in any illegal mining activity in the state but if anyone is found guilty, he should be punished in his individual capacity.

"Congress party or Congress government is not involved in
illegal mining in Goa," Goa Pradesh Congress Committee chief
Subhash Shirodkar told reporters here.

"Whether they are small or big, if some person is
involved (in illegal mining) then he should be punished," he
added.

Justice M B Shah Commission has began inquiry into the
illegal mining in the state, pegged somewhere between Rs 1,200
crore to Rs 10,000 crore by different agencies.

To a query, Shirodkar said it was to be seen whether the
Shah Commission report speaks of irregularities or
illegalities.

"There is vast difference between irregularities and illegalities. Any sensible person would know it," he said, while conceding some partymen may be involved in irregularities.

The Congress leader said it was for the party high
command to decide whether to give tickets for next year`s
Assembly polls in the state to those indicted by the Shah
Commission.

"Let the report come. It`s not for me to decide. The high
command will have a copy of the commission report and they
will decide," Shirodkar said.
Shirodkar admitted that many Congress ministers and
legislators have interests in the mining business.

"I myself own trucks which work on mines. Mining is a
legal activity," he said.

PTI