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Illegal mining report to be tabled in Goa assembly

The PAC of the Goa assembly would table its detailed report on the illegal mining scam during the two-day session of the House.



Panaji: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC)
of the Goa assembly would table its detailed report on the
illegal mining scam during the two-day session of the House.

Headed by Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar, the PAC
has prepared a detailed report on the illegal mining scam,

which is likely to indict several government officers and
politicians in power.

Refusing to disclose the details of the report, Parrikar
said the report would become a public document, once it is
tabled in the House.

"I will be tabling it in the Assembly," he said.

The Assembly session will be held on October 5 and 7.

The PAC had issued notices to 64 mining sites out of 90
sites for various kinds of violation related to mining.

Parrikar said around 20 companies have replied to the
notices while other companies are still in the process of
doing so.

The illegal mining activities, exposed in the Comptroller
Auditor General (CAG) report, were allegedly carried out at
the cost of forest cover in state`s iron-ore rich rural belt.

According to sources, Goa exported around 54 million
metric tonnes of iron ore last financial year, which is the
highest in its history.

The PAC probed various kinds of violation like illegal
extraction of ore, extraction of ore beyond the permissible
limits, evasion of royalty and others.

As per the rough estimates, the illegal mining scam in
the state is pegged at Rs 1,200 crore.

PTI

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