Goa Speaker accepts PAC report on illegal mining
Panaji: The controversial PAC report of Goa Assembly on illegal mining, which indicted former chief minister Digambar Kamat and some Congress leaders, has been accepted by Speaker Rajendra Arlekar after it had been junked by his predecessor Pratapsingh Rane.
The report which pegged illegal mining in Goa at Rs 4,000 crore was drafted by PAC headed by then Leader of Opposition and current Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Arlekar told reporters that the report has been accepted by him after perusing it over last few days. "The report would be submitted to the government and it is for the government to decide the course of action," he said.
The document, based on the findings of Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) on Goa's illegal mining scenario, had run into rough weather little before it was submitted to the then session of Goa Legislative Assembly.
Then Speaker Pratapsingh Rane had doubted authenticity of the report claiming that it was leaked to the media before it was tabled on the floor of the House.
Four PAC members owing their allegiance to Congress and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) had refused to sign the document.
The report came much before Justice M B Shah Commission, constituted by Union Mines Ministry, began its investigations into illegal mining scam.
The report had pointed out several glaring violations including illegal sanction to delays by then Congress government in converting mining concession into the leases under Mineral Concession Rule 1960.