PAC mining report establishes evasion of royalty
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Last Updated: Monday, September 26, 2011, 18:54
Panaji: The much-awaited Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on the illegal mining in Goa would not name any politician or minister unless the person's direct involvement was established, said committee's Chairman (and BJP leader) Manohar Parrikar on Monday.

He told reporters that the report might hint at the involvement of the ministers and politicians in illegal mining, but there would not be any names, unless the person was found to be involved directly.

Parrikar said the final report would be ready on October 3 or 4. The session of the state Assembly is scheduled to start on October 5.

Parrikar said that PAC's probe revealed that royalty on 10.9 million metric tonnes of iron ore was evaded in FY 2004-06.

"It is clearly established that there was evasion of royalty in those three years," he said.

The PAC had also noted that state mining department had no mechanism to keep a record of royalty and production, he said.

PAC, constituted by the state government, had estimated that ore worth Rs 3,500 crore was exported from the two ports in the state in the last five years without payment of the royalty.


First Published: Monday, September 26, 2011, 18:54

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