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Former CM Kamat indicted in Shah Commission Report

The Justice MB Shah report on ‘Illegal Mining’ in Goa which was tabled in the Parliament today has indicted the former Congress Chief Minister Digambar Kamat for not acting against the illegalities in mining sector even though he was aware of the issue.

The report states, “It is amply clear that the Minister of Mines and Chief Minister was well aware of the non-compliance of conditions and other illegalities/irregularities happening in the mining sector.”

The panel noted that the complaints regarding water pollution, pollution of natural streams, rivers, ponds, agricultural destruction, failure of horticulture crops were well known to the administration. But no inspection has been carried out with resulted in a fear-free environment which has caused loss to the ecology, environment, agriculture, ground water, natural streams, ponds, river, bio-diversity etc which went into the entire gamut of the mining scenario in Goa

The report maintained that during the last five years the Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG) failed to hold inspection of the mining leases, only isolated cases where they received complaints due to inconvenience caused to villagers by mining activities have been attended. No regular monitoring and compliance of regulation and statutes have been done.

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