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Shah Commission Indicts Former CM But PAC Failed

Even though now the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar would like to take a vindicated stance on illegal mining since the release of the Justice MB Shah Commission report on ‘Illegal Mining’ in Goa, saying that the findings in Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report which was headed by him reflect the same issues.

Interestingly, though, while the Shah panel indicted the former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Parrikar’s PAC report failed to put the onus of the illegality on the former Minister for Mines, instead it levied most of the blame of the Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG).

The Shah Commission report exposes the double speak of Parrikar who after assuming the post of Chief Minister clearly contradicted his own PAC report saying that there is ‘no illegal mining in Goa but irregular mining’ compared to ‘irregular mining is nothing but illegal mining’ as mentioned in the PAC report.

Also in the floor of the House in the recently concluded Monsoon Assembly, he stated that there are no illegal mines in Goa, but the report clearly states that 90 mines are operating illegally in Goa. In fact it names some of the big mining companies that the CM appears to want to protect, since he failed to mention them in his PAC report.

Thirdly, while the Shah Commission reports pegs the illegal mining losses at Rs 34,935 crores from 2006 to 2011, the PAC states that the loss was about Rs 4000 crore.

The Shah Commission report not only exposes the corruption of the former Congress government with regards to illegal mining but raises questions on the current CM’s stand on illegal mining and the U-Turn he has made on these issues in the last six months.
Many in the political circle believe that all talk of FIR and CBI inquiry against Kamat is a mere act of pacifying the people and media on this issue.


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