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Goa will fight mining ban in court of law, says Minister

IANS  |  Panaji 

The government may file a against the cancellation of 88 mining leases by the earlier this month, hinted on Wednesday.

The Minister's statement came amid attacks from the MLAs of the and other parties, who alleged that the state's coalition government is not doing enough to tackle the crisis.

"We intend to fight the battle in court of law," said Dhavalikar, who is standing in for ailing Manohar Parrikar, in response to the concerns raised by MLAs across party lines about the problems caused due to the cancellation of 88 mining leases from March 15, on the direction of the apex court.

"shall take all necessary steps to uphold rule of law and carry out social responsibility to the best of its capability," Dhavalikar said, adding that a formal decision on the issue would be taken after consulting all stakeholders.

On February 7 this year, the cancelled all the existing in and ordered that the mining tracts be leased afresh, to new licencees, after obtaining new environmental clearances.

As per the order, all ore extraction activity on the renewed leases should stop by March 15.

is the country's leading exporter of low-grade iron ore and exported nearly 50 million tonne before the in 2012 exposed a Rs 35,000-crore scam, triggering a ban on mining in the state.

On Thursday, most and MLAs opposed auctioning of mines, claiming the auctioning process would cause delay and mining companies from outside Goa would exploit the state's resources.

MLA and told the legislative assembly, which is having its budget session, that he would sit on a hunger strike if efforts are not made to resume mining at the earliest.

"I will sit on a hunger strike, if the government cannot start mining. Government will have to give us a time-bound assurance. Delegation of all 40 MLAs should go to the Centre to get it done," Lobo said.

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First Published: Wed, February 21 2018. 18:08 IST
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