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Efforts on to explore solution to mining tangle, says CM

Panaji: With the support of the Centre, the state government is trying to find a legal solution for restarting the mining operations in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday informed the state legislative assembly.

The government will ensure commencement of some mining activities in the state, prior to the starting of actual extraction of the minerals here, he assured.

“As part of this endeavour, the government has given instructions for e-auctioning the iron ore dumps lying across the state, and the process for the same could begin in next 15 to 20 days,” he revealed, informing that the dump mining activities will commence within six months.

“By this way, some mining activities would start here,” he added.

Replying to a zero hour mention in the state legislative assembly by  Mayem MLA Pravin Zantye as regard serious effects of the mining closure in the state on mining dependent families, the Chief Minister said that a group of central ministers are looking into the issue and the next meeting of this group is scheduled next week.

“The group of Union ministers is working on two-three possible solutions for restarting the mining operations in Goa,” he informed.

“My government is in contact with this group of central ministers and the plan of the government to restart mining in the state as well as the related steps to be taken will be revealed to the House during its ongoing monsoon session,” Sawant, who holds the mining and geology portfolio assured.

He observed that if the then Congress government in the state had renewed the mining leases in the state in 2007, then they would have been operational till 2027.

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