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.
The government’s Cabinet Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sardesai, transport minister Sudin Dhavalikar and Francis D’Souza, met here to take stock of the situation.
The Supreme Court (SC) had last month quashed the second renewal of iron ore mining leases given to 88 companies in Goa in 2015.
The body said stopping of mining operations can result in loss of about 60,000 direct and indirect jobs and about Rs 3,400 crore revenue loss.
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.
Sangeetha R Chakravarthy, head of corporate Communications said that the truck owners demand of hike in freight tariff of e-auctioned mines is ‘unreasonable’.
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.
Stringent penal provisions have been incorporated in the fresh Act under which the states have been empowered to set up special courts for speedy trial of unlawful mining cases.
Before the ban, the total production of iron ore in Goa was about 45 million tonnes in FY11.
Supreme Court said there will be no grant of lease for mining around one km of national parks and wild life sanctuaries.
Investment bank says Sesa Sterlite to grow on strong volume growth in its power,aluminium,iron ore businesses.
We can’t ask illegalities to be perpetrated because some people are going to remain hungry,Hegde had said.
Goa’s mining lease owners and exporters claimed that a loss of Rs 35,000 crore to the exchequer due to illegal mining was a “notional” figure.
Ban on export of the minerals warned the activities that could influence state policies besides promoting illegal mining.