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Opposition, Anti & Pro Mining Lobby slams Govt move to appoint HLC to probe illegal mining

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In a move that is being seen by the Opposition as an attempt to pull wool over the eyes of the people of the state, the high-level committee appointed by the Chief Minister of Goa under the leadership of retired High Court Judge of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court Justice RMS Khandeparkar has received a lot of criticism from the opposition leaders and anti-mining activists alike.

Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai who has become the Independent face of Opposition in state is of the opinion that the Chief Minister would need to clarify how a retired Judge of High Court can evaluate and act upon a report prepared by a retired Supreme Court Judge. “Is the government serious on acting upon the illegalities exposed in the Shah Commission report and bringing order to the operations of the mining business as well as providing hope to mining-affected people,” expressed Sardesai.
The Congress MLAs lone speaker Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginald Lourenco feels that the Chief Minister wants to protect those who are involved in the massive illegal mining scam and therefore such measures are being adopted to hoodwink the people of Goa.

Anti-mining activists feel that the tactic of the state government is to delay the process of taking action against those who have violated laws. “The government does not intend to book anyone and is not serious about violations and illegalities. This is a way of subverting a constitutional authority,” expressed Ramesh Gauns, a renowned anti-mining activist.

Besides the anti-mining activists and Opposition, the pro-mining lobby to are disappointed about this latest move of the Chief Minister. The Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association said in a statement that they were disappointed with the appointment of the panel as it “would further delay the process of starting the mines.”

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