State weighs auction mode to resume mining

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Panaji

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said the iron ore mining could be resumed in the state through auctioning of mining leases.

Speaking to media persons at the secretariat, Sawant said the government would come out with a solution for mining resumption through auction mode or by constituting a corporation.

“The state government is not averse to auction iron ore mining leases for resuming operations. But at the same time, the concern is about those people who were employed in the industry including workers and truck owners. A new mining leaseholder should not turn his back on these workers and truckers,”
he said.

The Chief Minister was in New Delhi last Saturday and met with Union Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in the presence of Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta and Advocate General of Goa Devidas Pangam.

Sawant discussed with them resumption of mining operations.

“Auctioning of mining leases was discussed at the meeting with the central ministers,” he said, adding that a series of meetings will be held on the mining tangle in the next eight days.

The mining industry came to standstill in 2018 after the Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases.

However, this year, the SC allowed transportation of e-auctioned iron ore in some parts of the
mining belt.