Goa polls: BJP to cash in on mining issue

After exposing the Digambar Kamat-led govt on the illegal mining front, BJP has now woven its election campaign around the issue.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2012, 18:41 PM IST

Panaji: After exposing the Digambar Kamat-
led government on the illegal mining front, BJP has now woven
its election campaign around the issue, promising people to
save legal mines and providing them amenities through revenue
earned from iron ore exports.

Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar told PTI that the
amount of revenue which should have been directed to the
mining affected areas is not coming through.

"If BJP comes to power, we have assured that all the
money collected in the form of mining revenue would be used
here," he said.
Parrikar, who headed controversial Public Accounts
Committee (PAC) report, which brought to light the illegal
mining, said the party has been facing various questions from
the people dependent on mining during election campaigning.

"Our stand has been clear. We are in favour of legal
mining and we are in the know of the problems faced by the
people who are dependent on illegal mining. Once we are in
power, we will find out solution for those people who have
invested in the mining sector and fear of losing their
livelihood due to closure of illegal mining," he added.

Parrikar said the Congress government has failed to come
to the rescue of people living in mining belt.
"BJP has aimed to spend at least half of the amount
earned from here in infrastructure creation of the mining
belt," he said.

Goa has been reeling under a controversy of illegal
mining in which iron ore worth several crore was sent across
the border without paying royalty or mined by violating
environmental norms.

The Union government-appointed Shah Commission is probing
into the illegalities.

PTI