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Illegal mining: Goa govt mum on recovery of losses

Last Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 12:53

Panaji: Following Justice MB Shah Commission report on illegal iron ore mining in Goa, the state government is apparently non-committal on recovering a whopping Rs 35,000 crore from the mine owners who illegally plundered the resources.

In its report, Shah Commission has pointed out around 100 encroachments outside the mining lease areas by the companies which extracted large sums of ore between 2006-10.

The commission`s report, tabled in Parliament last week, quantified the total extraction of ore from these encroachments to Rs 35,000 crore.

The judicial panel has recommended that the money should be recovered by the state from the mine owners.

However, state Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has been on an action taking spree against the officials involved in illegal mining operations, has remained silent over the recovery of money from the mine operators.

"We are still examining the report (of Shah Commission)," he said, responding to a question on recovery.

"We will impose penalty on the mining firms which have encroached upon the revenue (government) lands," he added.

The state government`s soft pedalling on the issue comes as an unexpected stand considering the magnitude of the ore illegally extracted from these encroachments.

Amid all this, the Parrikar government had suspended seven officials from state mines and geology department within hours of the Union Mines Ministry tabling the Shah Commission report in Parliament on September 7.

Also, all the 90 odd mining leases were suspended, asking the owners to submit the relevant documents before mines and geology department.


First Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 12:53

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