Panaji: Minister for Public Works Department (PWD) Sudin Dhavalikar today said that the Group of Ministers (GoM) will be meeting on October 13 to discuss on Goa mining issue.
Speaking to reporters, Dhavalikar said that the GoM will be meeting on October 13 to discuss the proposal submitted by the State for resuming mining operations in the State.
The GoM comprises of Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Mines Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister for Law Ravi Shankar Prasad.
State has asked for amendment to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act (MMDR) 2015 and Goa, Daman and Diu Mining Concessions (Abolition and Declaration as Mining Leases) Act, 1987, extending lease life to 2037.
Dhavalikar said that Parliament session is likely to be summoned in November and we expect the necessary amendments to be introduced during the session. “Closer of mining has not just affected State finances but drastic impact on the economy in mining belt. The direct and indirect loss to State is to the tune of Rs 3500 crore,” Minister said.