PAC mining report establishes evasion of royalty

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.

PTI



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