GoaChronicle.com brings to its readers a detailed letter drafted and sent by the Goa Government to the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) appointed by the Supreme Court based on a petition filed by NGO – Goa Foundation…
The Goa government in its 68 page letter to the CEC details various aspects of illegal and irregular mining in the state. It also categorically states that the Former Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane and Digambar Kamat are responsible for the illegal mining mess and that the government is to proceed with criminal proceedings against them.
The letter also appeals to the Supreme Court to understand the extent of truth and fallacy of the illegal mining in the state; it even points out certain errors in the Shah Commission report and certain assumptions made in the Shah Commission which may not be entirely accurate.
And most importantly it speaks about the efforts of the government to control and regulate mining in the state and that it is important for the Apex Court to understand and not undermine the commitment of the state government to setting what is wrong, right in the state for the mining sector, which the government sees as a key revenue generator for Goa, especially since there are many mining-dependent people in the state.
The letter also very subtly appeals to the Supreme Court to allow the state government to do its job in regulating and controlling mining, therefore to not seek to appoint any external agency to do the job of the government.
From elaborating on the mining dump issue also mentioned in its draft Goa Mineral Policy to building a case from restarting mining operations as and when the state sets all the regulatory mechanisms in the state; the letter is a stand and an answer to all questions that the people of state or concerned authorities could ask about the entire issue of illegal mining in Goa.
The letter also of course raises certain pertinent questions on when will the government act against its own acknowledgment of the Former Congress ministers involvement in illegal mining and when would it start work to recover the estimated Rs 35,000 crore loss to the exchequer as reported in the Shah Commission report.