Goa government has decided to renew the 28 mining leases after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar informed the State Assembly that the government will abide by the High Court order.
The High Court order given by the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court had asked and directed the State to grant mining leases to 28 leaseholders that had made payment of stamp duty and were promised that their mining leases will be given to them. In addition, it has also asked for the rest of the leases to be given within three months.
In the assembly, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said the leases will be granted to 28 leaseholders like Sesa Sterlite, Fermento and Salgaoncars amongst others by September 20 and the rest of the leases will be given by October 15.
The High Court has interpreted the Supreme Court order given in April in the Goa mining case which has said that Supreme Court has not struck down section 8.3 of MMDR Act (Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation Act). It has given right to the State to give out mining leases and renewals of any mining leases is equivalent to granting of mining leases.
Goa CM Manohar Parrikar has ruled out auctioning of mining leases in the state but this statement is very crucial as the new government is looking at amending MMDR Act and the order and the statement can give a direction to the new government.