October 17, 2019

The Goa mining debate: How and why mining has come to a standstill in Goa

The Indian television station today organized a “mining debate”, a powerful team in Goa to discuss the state of mining if mining can be re-mined, and how? Is it possible to control collateral damage to humans, businesses and the economy? Goa has been stuck since the Supreme Court canceled 88 mining leases in the state on February 7, 2018. This decision directly affected the livelihoods of 60,000 homes and 300,000 people. The ban has stopped exporting 15 million tons of iron ore. It alters the entire industry ecosystem, including logistics providers, truck companies and barge owners, and equipment suppliers.

The Indian television station today organized a powerful group of “Mining Debates” in Goa to discuss the state of mining if it is possible to restart mining and how to mine. Is it possible to control collateral damage to humans, businesses and the economy?

The most influential groups in the Goa mining industry include Nilesh Cabral, Minister of Energy, Non-Conventional Energy, Minister of Law and Justice and Minister of Legislative Affairs; Francisco Sardinha, South Goa, Ambar Timblo, Director of Resources Development General Manager and President of the Association of Mineral Exporters of Goa and Puti Gaonkar, President of the Popular Mining Front of Goa. It was hosted by Rajeev Dubey, executive editor of Business, TV Today Network and Editor, BusinessToday.in.

Gaonkar described the great impact of the ban on the social economy, which depends on the mining industry. More than 60,000 people are directly employed. There are also other mining families, such as truck owners, machinery owners, barge owners, and ports. After mining ceased in Goa, the economy was affected and workers suffered and had no income.

Mining is the largest industry in Goa when prohibited. Cabral believes that Goa’s economy has been seriously affected. Goa’s economy has contributed to the national economy. We lost 350 billion German marks in the first year. Subsequently, the loss was reduced to Rs 2,500 to Rs 2000. As of today, if mining does not start, it will have an impact on the development activities of all state governments. Even government salaries will be stagnant.


Sardinha believes that this is a national responsibility. He said: I will blame the state government, because when the late Mr. Parrikar served as chairman of the PAC Public Accounts Committee, as well as the Shah Committee, they issued a tone and shouted, saying that illegal mining to complete the 35,000 adjustment Rupees, of which people Earn money Shortly after, reduced the figure to Rs 350 billion. Finally, he said it was only Rs 350 crore. Even 35 billion rupees is not too small. Why is there no one in prison?

The question is: Can you restart mining?

Gaonkar is convinced that it can be reused even today. My views are different. Even now they can start mining and the Supreme Court has never banned mining. It has indicated that it must be re-exploited. The question is how to restart? In 1998, there was a trial trial that mining should continue until the matter is completed. Lokur’s decision is two substitute judgments. Even on this basis, the state government can begin mining until the end of the problem.

But this is not the way Sardinia sees it. He said this is beyond the reach of the state government and that only the center can save. The state government passed a law to restore mining and sent it to the Indian government. Then they should take the necessary measures. It may be that a decree has been approved. Gaonkar recalled that 88 leases were canceled, but Goa had 506 leases.

Then Tim Blo described the key to the problem. He said we have two behaviors. One that gave birth to us, that is, the abolition of the law, the other has now been extremely modified, this is the 2015 bill. The 2015 Law gives all Indians a lease or renewal period of 50 years, or by 2020, regardless of the most advanced date. The Supreme Court said it really does not know when the central government will begin 50 years. When other countries do this, we have no power to renew. Why is this, the stepfather only deals with one state? The union recently told the court that, since their original rights under the Portuguese concession were still before us, we could not assign this to anyone else until the matter was determined. Then you are neither here nor there.

When the new mining bill was established, the state government represented a disagreement between the “abolition bill” and the “new mining act” against the government of the union.

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