PANAJI: In an attempt to restart iron ore activities in the state, Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant today announced to set up Goa State Mining Corporation.
“Govt proposes to set up Goa Mining Corporation to restart iron ore mining activities in the State during the ongoing assembly session itself,” said CM Sawant while presenting the budget
He further said that in to promote ease of doing business and to ensure a seamless process for grant of quarrying leases for minor minerals my government shall bring amendments to the Goa Minor Mineral Concession rules, 1985. 22 4.
“Government also shall expedite the grant permits for traditional sand mining once the Bathymetric study by National Institute of Oceanography for Goan Rivers is complete and reports are submitted,”he said
CM Sawant further said that his government has formulated a scheme in consultation with Central Empowered Committee (CEC) and is now pursuing with the Supreme court of India for utilizatization of the permissible part of Goa iron ore permanent fund towards welfare of the mining affected areas in the state.
He added, “necessary steps are being taken to utilize the District Mineral Fund for the mining affected people. Government will sign an MOU with Mineral Exploration Corporation Ltd (MECL) for carrying out mapping of the mineral resources in the state of Goa and identify potential mining sites,” he added