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Sawant to meet PM to resolve mining crisis



Chief Minister Pramod Sawant  on Sunday said he would meet  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi to seek ways to restart  mining in the state.

 “We will meet the Prime Minister and the Mines Minister after some time so that he (Joshi) has  time to understand his ministry,” Sawant said, adding resolving the mining deadlock was a  priority for his government.

 Mining in most leased areas was banned by the Supreme Court in 2018. The Bharatiya Janata  Party  promised early resumption of mining in Goa during the recently-concluded Lok  Sabha elections. 

 In May, Sawant said harvesting mining dumps – heaps of low-grade iron ore dumped by mining  companies near their mining leases over decades – was one of the options his government was  examining to kick start the industry, despite the apex court ban on mining in 88 leases.

 Over 736 million tonnes of iron ore are dumped in mountain-like heaps in Goa’s mining belt.

Sawant is expected to finalise the mining dump harvesting policy by July.

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