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Govt in touch with Centre for early resumption of mining: Goa CM

Panaji, Jan 31 : Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told State Assembly on Thursday that the state government was in touch with the central government for renewal of mining leases in 'public interest'.

In a written reply in response to a question asked by Congress MLA Ravi Naik, the Chief Minister, who also holds Mines and Geology Portfolio, said,'There is ongoing communication between the State and Central Government to start mining early in public interest.'

The Chief Minister said the financial losses incurred directly or indirectly by the State Government due to closure of mining activities could not be quantified as the value of mineral changed from time to time.

He also said that dumps could not be auctioned as the matter was sub-judice before the Supreme Court.

For almost 11 months, the mining issue has been hanging in fire in the state after Supreme Court imposed a ban on extraction and transportation of iron ore from 88 mining leases last year in February. From March 2018, the mining operations in the state have come to standstill. There have been assurances from leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but nothing concrete has happened yet.

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking to party workers via video conference, had said that the government was looking for a judicial solution to the impasse. (UNI)