No ban on iron ore exports from Goa: Kamat



Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Thursday dismissed reports about a possible ban on iron ore exports from the state following a recommendation by the Justice MB Shah Commission, saying he had heard nothing about it.

"No one has told me that (iron ore) exports would be banned. How can I approach the Centre asking to stall the ban," he asked.

"I cannot make irresponsible statements based on media reports. How can I react without reading the (Justice report)," he questioned.

Kamat was reacting to the report by a television channel which had quoted Shah Commission's report recommending a ban on the iron ore exports from Goa.

The commission has been enquiring into the illegal iron ore trade in the state since September.

"I was approached by a national television journalist for reaction. I asked him whether he has a report, he said he is not having it," Kamat told reporters here after the channel quoting the Shah Commission's interim report claimed that mines related to politicians were involved in the illegal iron ore scam.

Earlier, Mines Secretary S Vijay Kumar told PTI that the Centre is yet to receive the Justice MB Shah Commission report on illegal mining in the country.

PTI