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Govt Notification on Mines Closure a Sham: Deshprabhu

Terming the notification for the closure of mines in the state of Goa as sham, Jitendra Deshprabhu, spokesperson, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) stated that the notification is aimed at furthering the interest of the Parrikar-government on mining dumps.

Alleging that the mining dumps in the state estimated to be 746 million tons by the Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG) has now found a route to be exported, since trade and transport pertaining to mining has not been stopped. Deshprabhu stated that it is important for the DMG to establish first where is the iron-ore that have been excavated coming from, whether it is from dumps or actually mining operations.

If the Parrikar government is serious about curbing illegal mining, then it to stop all the activities and then go about setting the right frame-work to mining. Even if we take the Goa Mining Policy, it focuses largely on mining dumps. The Shah Commission report clearly states that the mining dumps should not be touched. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has conflict with the state on the same issue, expressed Deshprabhu.

“Banning exports of dumps was a decision of the Congress government. This government is over-aggressive in wanting to clear dumps in the favor of the mining companies”, he further expressed.

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