Panaji: Alleging that corrupt BJP government led by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is hand in glove with defaulters (of mining dues), Congress on Monday claimed that directorate of Mines & Geology has permitted M/s Vedanta Ltd to export iron ore without paying dues of total of Rs.165 crores.
General Secretary of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Srinivas Khalap has written letter to Chief Minister and has demanded to imediately stop the export by the defaulter company.
“This is evident that BJP government is hand in glove with M/s Vedanta Ltd and has permittted them to export ore though they have failed to pay dues. How can mines and geology department allow them without asking to pay dues,” Khalap questioned.
“Government does not give such facilities to common man. If anyone goes to obtain any NOC in Panchayat and if he is suppose to pay his house tax then he is first told to pay it, only then he is issued any certificate sought. Why this rule is not applied here,” he questioned and alleged that the ‘total commission government’ of BJP is exposed with this act.
“As per our information it is clear that the Department of Mines have still not recovered Rs. 271,75,36,687/- from various Mining companies in the state of Goa,” he said.
Khalap said that M/s Vedanta Ltd is illegally exporting Iron Ore.”Surprisingly to our notice is that the permission for the same is given by your same office of Department of Mines & Geology.” He said, that 88,000 Mt was being exported by Vedanta illegally without paying old dues towards CA audit report.
“This proves that the Department of Mines & Geology is freely allowing such Crony Capitalists to violate all norms and motivate to do illegal business by not paying dues to the Government of Goa,” he said.
“Common people are troubled and harassed for non-payment of water, electricity, house tax and other Government taxes. But the Government is allowing such Crony Capitalists to do illegal business without paying the dues to the Government,” He said.
“If the government fails to stop this illegal export and recover dues from this company then it will be further proved that the Government of Goa is promoting the Crony Capitalist to loot Goa without paying the dues payable to the Department of Mines & Geology” Khalap said.
Congress party demands to stop the vessel loading immediately until Vedanta pays all dues immediately by tomorrow. Failing which the Government should confiscate the Vessel which is being and same should be auctioned and money to be deposited in Government treasury account.