PORVORIM: Goa Governor P.S Sreedharan Pillai today said that a new era has begun for the mining sector in Goa while stating that it is a major step to ensure employment to locals and ending hardships faced by mining-dependent workers.
The Governor was speaking while addressing the House on the first day of the Assembly.
“A new era has begun for the mining sector in Goa. This is a major step to ensure employment to locals and
ending the hardship faced by the mining-dependent workers,” said Pillai.
He further said that Government efforts to resume mining have finally borne fruits and that he was happy to state that permission is given to auction the dump/rejected ore, which will initiate the process of starting full-fledged mining in the State.
“Four iron ore mining blocks have been auctioned, i.e. three in Bicholim and one in Sanguem taluka in the first Notice Inviting Tender (NIT) with an auction premium of 63.55%, 99.25%, 111.28% and 86.40%,” he added.
The Governor said that the auction process concluded on 21st December 2022.
‘All the successful bidders have made the upfront payment of 20%, i.e. Rs 43.19 crore,” he added.
He also said that Goa State Industrial Growth & Investment Promotion Policy has been notified on 3rd October, 2022, which envisages creating 30,000
jobs and bringing investments worth INR 20,000 crore in the State over a period of 5 years.
“The State Government has been closely
monitoring the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB)report released by the World Bank (WB) each year,” Pillai added.