Auctioning of mining leases could be last-ditch effort





If every attempt to  resume iron ore mining in Goa comes to naught then the state government may resort to a last-ditch effort: it may go for auctioning of mining leases and may form Goa minerals development corporation.

Reliable sources have affirmed that  there has  been no definite move at the PMO  as regards the resumption of  mining in the state.

The bill to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act has also not been listed on the agenda of the winter session of the Parliament.

The sources are of the strong opinion that if the central government  faces difficulty to bring in an amendment to the MMDR Act then the state government may resort to a last-ditch effort:  it may work out modalities for auctioning mining leases and  forming Goa minerals development corporation to provide relief to the mining dependants whose livelihoods have been jeopardised.

As mining dependants rallying under the banner of the Goa Mining People’s Front roll up their sleeves to hold dharnas in the national capital from December 10, pressure has been building on the Centre and the state government for restarting  mining.

A few days back, North Goa MP Shripad Naik, who is the Union AYUSH Minister, had informed media persons that the file related to Goa mining issue has reached the PMO.

However, top sources in the government admitted that they are not aware of any moment of the file pertaining to the mining imbroglio.

Legal experts close to the ruling dispensation have opined that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would

be averse to take any decision against the advice of the Union law ministry as the Centre’s policy on natural resources has been very loud and clear.

Interestingly, no BJP leader is in position to confirm that the bill to amend the MMDR Act for allowing mining in Goa will be tabled in the Parliament.  Rajya Sabha MP and state BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar said that solution to the mining imbroglio should come in the next 15 days either from the central level or at the state government level.