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Illegal mining: Noose tightens on Goa bureaucrat

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar has assured of "appropriate" action against a senior bureaucrat for his alleged complicity in the illegal mining scam.



Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar has assured of "appropriate" action against a senior
bureaucrat for his alleged complicity in the illegal mining
scam.

Parrikar said that the state government has initiated
inquiry against the Director of Mines and Geology, Arvind
Lolienkar, for allegedly abetting illegal mining activity in
the coastal state.

"Proper action would be taken against him (Lolienkar)
once the inquiry is over, which might take 4-5 days," Parrikar
told reporters last evening.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report drafted by
Parrikar, who was then leader of opposition in Legislative
Assembly, had accused the state mines and geology department
of complicity in the multi-crore scam.

"How can I ignore role of the department and its
officials in the illegal mining scam. I have myself
investigated and prepared PAC report which indicts them," the
chief minister said, adding that he is currently soft-paddling
the issue to avoid public perception that he is targetting
Lolienkar.
"I am taking time to act because people should not
feel that I am having personal vengeance against Lolienkar or
department," he added.

The illegal mining industry in Goa is estimated to be
between Rs 1,200 crore to Rs 10,000 crore.

Besides PAC, Justice M B Shah Commission is also
investigating the illegal activities that involve unauthorised
extraction and exports of iron ore from the state`s rural
areas.

PTI

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