The iron ore mining in Goa will pick up pace after monsoons, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Monday. “The mining business in the state has resumed after a gap of three and half years. After the monsoon season it will pick up the pace and will start with full force,” Parsekar said addressing Independence Day function here today.
He assured the people that mistakes (on mining front resulting in illegal mining) those were committed by erstwhile government would not be repeated by the current dispensation. “We have to have environment friendly mining keeping in mind the welfare of the state,” he commented.
The Chief Minister recalled how in 2012 when mining activity was stopped (after MB Shah commission report) by Supreme Court, the state plunged into financial instability.
“It would not be wrong if we say mining is a financial artery of the state. We faced the challenged but government meticulously worked out to support the people who were affected with the temporary ban,” Parsekar said. He informed the gathering that total Rs 163 crore were spent on schemes providing financial help to the people who received setback due to the stoppage of mining activity.