Panaji : South Goa Member of Parliament (MP) Francisco Sardinha has reiterated that mining needs to resume in Goa as soon as possible. “Ahead of elections this government announces the resumption of mining, They need to keep Goan interest in mind and resume mining legally and on priority,” said Sardinha.
On 24th March 2021 Chief Minister Pramod Sawant proposed mining corporation to resume mining in state. As of today 10 constituencies in Goa are dependent on mining. Two lakh voters reside in Goa’s mining belt.
On February 7, 2018 the Supreme Court squashed the renewal of 88 mining lease and stopped mining operations from March 15. On July 20, 2021 The Supreme court dismissed the review petition filed by the Government of Goa seeking to renew the operations of the 88 cancelled leases.
The apex court on September 7, 2021 dismissed the petitions filed by mining companies to allow the to operate mining leases till year 2037.
Now a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee has criticized Goa government for publishing ‘Goa Mineral Ore Permanent Fund Trust Scheme’ notification without obtaining the apex court’s approval.
Goa Mineral Ore Permanent Fund Trust Scheme aims to set aside 10% of the e-auction sale proceeds and 10% of the future sale/export price of iron ore for the welfare of communities and restoration of areas affected by mining.
Various mining dependents including union leaders have demanded that mining be resumed or monetary aid be provided to them as the workers and dependents have become bankrupt.