Goans should study the Shah Commission Report,, particularly the part where photographs of mines have been printed.Only then will they understand the devastation wreaked upon Goa by the miners. They will understand why we get polluted tap water. Future generations must know the faults of this generation. The Commission claims of many illegal acts since 2000. Our chief minidster was also CM from 2000 to 2004. The Minister for Mines may be responsible for business/agreement with mine-owners, but there are areas where the CM cannot escape responsibility.
It was the duty of ministers/officials to ensure that mine lease holders followed rules/regulations. But it seems that the officers were appointed to disregard the illegal acts of mine lease holders. The Shah Commission has placed the blame squarely the Department of Mines, the Department of Forests and Department of Environment.
The CM has permitted export of ore mined last year. The money earned from this export should be with the Government Treasury. The Government should approach Courts to recover the money and use to rehabilitate those families directly or indirectly dependent on mines.
The Shah Commission has hinted at CM’s role during 2000 to 2004. The CM should answer all queries regarding his role as CM during 2000 to 2004 as well as during 2012. The CM must take this test of fire, this ‘Agnipariksha’ if he is to clear the air about his role.
So Chief Minister, when are you going to hold the Janata Darbar?