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A year after SC ban, no solution in sight for Goa mining impasse - Report

Mining News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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Money Control reported that the fate of tens of iron ore mines in Goa hang in balance, a year after the Supreme Court banned mining in the state, and no legislative window, except a central ordinance, left before a new government assumes office after the Lok Sabha elections. Over the last 12 months, the government had mulled multiple options including amendments in the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act (MMDRA) to enable extension of leases to mines.

Besides, appropriate amendments in the Goa, Daman & Diu Mining Concession (Abolitions & Declaration of Mining Leases) Act – Abolition Act, have also been considered.

However, with the Parliament’s last session before the Lok Sabha elections getting over, the feasibility of bringing the necessary amendments in both these legislations appear dim, unless the Centre promulgates an Ordinance.

Mr Modi, who was addressing state BJP workers through video conference, said that he was aware of the mining crisis and its effect on those dependent on the sector.

PM Mr Modi had said that “The people working in the (state’s) mining sector are worried and it is natural for them to feel this way. We will work out whatever judicial solutions there are for the problem.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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