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Shah Commission Interim Report Needs More Time

Contrary to media reports that the Shah Commission investigating into the illegal mining scam in Goa will be releasing the Interim Report on December 1, 2011, GoaChronicle.com has learnt through sources in the Justice MB Shah’s team that it will take a minimum of another 30 to 45 days more to compile, evaluate and draft the report.

Speaking to GoaChronicle.com, a source on condition of anonymity revealed that the data procured by the Shah Commission has been tremendous and the magnitude of the different violations continues to be found with each new detailed investigation into illegal mining. From violations on the mining leases to extracting beyond permissible limits, from state government direct involvement in illegal mining to Central ministries participation in the illegalities, which has gone unchecked for the last couple of years. Therefore, the team would not want to make any hasty report but consider every possibility of the problem of illegal mining and give suggestions on curbing it.

Confirming that the Shah Commission report will be asking for an export ban on mining, the source clarified that we will be definitely suggesting for an interim ban on exports till the state and Central government can enforce necessary guidelines to curb the illegal mining menace.

While many await the Shah Commission report, GoaChronicle.com has also learnt that the Centre has been trying to exert pressure on Justice MB Shah to complete the report quickly and much before the Goa elections so that any damaging effects of the report can be corrected or curtailed.

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