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Mines to be auctioned to solve mining industry crisis by Dec end: Parrikar

CM Parikkar dismissed the possibility of his government taking any legal recourse in response to the SC's order of banning mining activity

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Manohar Parikkar

The government is hopeful that the industry, which is foreseeing a crisis, would be "back on its feet" by this year-end, said.

The had on Wednesday quashed the second renewal of 88 leases in in 2015, saying the sole motive of the companies behind the commercial activity was profit maximization and no social purpose was attached to it.

The apex court had asked these mines to stop operating from March 15.

Parrikar said the order referred only to mining leases and that there was no ban on mining exports.

"Our current mining inventory will last till December and I foresee the mining industry to be back on its feet by the end of December 2018," Parrikar said to a question on the impact of the SC judgement.

He was speaking yesterday during an interaction with participants at the BizFest 2018, organised by private industrial bodies near here.

According to the chief minister, an interim measure was to introduce agriculture in the mining areas, as was done by the government in 2012-13 when the apex court had banned mining activity for the first time.

He, however, dismissed the possibility of his government taking any legal recourse in response to the SC order.

The CM had earlier said his government will explore all options, including an auction of mining leases, to ensure that the mining industry is not affected by the SC order.

He also said that all proposals, for setting up various industries in the state, lying pending before the would be cleared by the end of the current financial year on March 31.

"No proposal would be kept pending after that," said Parrikar, who heads the board which is a single-point window for investment proposals in the coastal state.

Asked about providing skilled, local manpower for the proposed international airport at Mopa, the said special training programmes would be initiated for it at the polytechnics at Tuem and Bicholim.

First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 22:52 IST