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Green NGO 'locks' up Goa mines office

IANS  |  Panaji 

A green NGO, Foundation, on Saturday symbolically locked the office premises of the Mines and here, accusing its officials of turning a blind eye towards alleged theft of iron ore by companies.

"We are symbolically locking the doors of the Mines and in protest against the department's inability to stop theft of iron ore outside lease areas, despite explicit directions from the of India," Foundation told reporters here, before putting a lock on the door of the office.

Alvares later handed over the keys to officials at the headquarters, while also handing over a complaint, highlighting the Mines and Geology Department's role in allowing iron ore to be allegedly stolen from outside leases.

After nearly all in the state were scrapped by the apex in February, mining companies had petitioned the to allow them to harvest already extracted ore lying in river jetties and outside the mining lease area.

In response to the petition, the apex court had allowed the mining companies to only lift ore lying in jetties, while rejecting the plea to allow extracted iron ore dumped outside the lease area.

In its petition filed before the Panaji Bench of the earlier this month, alleged that mining companies had continued to extract ore from outside the designated lease area, while accusing officials of the of collusion.



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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 19:48 IST