The Supreme Court, in February 2018, quashed all 88 mining leases which had been renewed by the state government. The Congress cited the apex court's ruling in its complaint, saying the court has noted the undue haste in renewal of leases.
The bench today set aside the order passed by state Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma allowing the movement and export of that ore lying outside the mining leases for which the royalty has been paid by the lease holders.
Manohar Parrikar said in the state Legislative Assembly last evening that he has discussed with the banks to re-introduce the scheme for one-time settlement of loans for the people, including truck owners, affected due to closure of the mining industry in Goa.
Of over 15.5 million tonnes (MT) of unused ore lying across various jetties in the state, only 5.5 MT have been sold until the seventh auction, with a sales value of Rs 780 core, including royalty and taxes.