Herald: PMO seeks economic impact report of mining stoppage
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PMO seeks economic impact report of mining stoppage

14 Feb 2018 06:18am IST

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14 Feb 2018 06:18am IST

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PANJIM: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sought a detailed report about the possible economic impact on the State due to the recent Supreme Court judgment which quashed second renewals of 88 mining leases while directing that operations be stopped from March 16.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the government is in the process of analysing the impact of the Court order and the report to the PMO will be submitted in ten days. 

Addressing the gathering at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Rs 350 crore Super Speciality Block, Parrikar said, “When the judgement about mining was pronounced, he (Modi) was not in India, but on the second day, I got a call from his office inquiring about the possible economic impact of the verdict. They asked me to send a report immediately and if possible meet the Prime Minister.”

Later, speaking to media on the sidelines of the event, Parrikar, who also holds the Mines portfolio, said the report would be submitted in another 10-15 days. “The report cannot be prepared in haste. I have called for the meeting of all the MLAs from the mining belt tomorrow (Wednesday) to understand the impact and discuss the situation,” he said.

“It will take some time to analyse the possible impact on the State. Right now there is no crisis because mining is currently happening and it can happen till March 15,” he said. 

The Chief Minister said that all the political parties, MLAs and stakeholders will be taken into confidence trying to work out a solution to the mining problem. “After discussions with everyone, we will come out with the policy (decision). Everything has to be planned properly,” he stated, hinting at working out short, medium and long term measures to the problem. 

Responding to a question on whether the government would like to run the industry through a corporation or will it auction the leases, Parrikar said, “That is the question I am going to put forth before the MLAs and stakeholders. Let them suggest.”

Parrikar, however, said that he personally has ruled out formation a mining corporation. “I can have my own opinion but that is not the decision. Decision will be taken in consultation with others,” he stated. 

Asked whether the State will face a loss in the ongoing season, Parrikar explained that the government will see that the processes like e-auction of ore, which are pending, take place by May 31. “This will take care of this season,” he commented. 

He refused to mention whether relief to the affected people would be provided in the budget, which will be placed on the floor of the House on February 22.

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