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Goa mining crisis: Cabinet Advisory Committee meeting tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

With the deadline on closure of operations in closing on March 15, a high-level committee of the would meet tomorrow to discuss the impending crisis in terms of the loss to revenue and jobs.

"I have spoken to (who is in US) over phone. The cabinet advisory committee (CAC) will meet tomorrow at 3 PM to discuss and decide the future course of action on the SC order, as the crisis is staring in face," said Vijai Sardesai, who is of the

The last month quashed 88 leases in and directed them to stop fresh extraction of ore from March 15 onwards.

The was set up by Parrikar on March 5 before he left for the US for medical treatment.

The CAC, comprising Sardesai (GFP), (BJP), and Sudin Dhavalikar (MGP), is supposed to guide the administration in absence of the

Sardesai's and Dhavlikar's are alliance partners in the BJP-led

The was awarded financial powers to approve proposals involving expenditure up to Rs 5 crore.

The mining industry in Goa is in a state of shock in the wake of the apex court order.

The SC had given time till March 15 to mining lease holders, who were granted a second renewal in violation of its previous directions, to manage their affairs.

Meanwhile, all the three BJP MPs from the coastal state today met in and sought his intervention in the matter.

and Narendra Sawaikar are Lok Sabha MPs while is a Rajya Sabha member.

Tendulkar told the meeting was fruitful as Shah has agreed to look into the issue "positively and personally".

"We briefed him about the possible economic and social impact of the mining ban in Goa. He assured us to look into the matter," he said.

Besides an annual revenue loss to the tune of Rs 3,500 crore, around two lakh people who are dependent on mining would lose their jobs due to closure of the industry, he said.

State Mines and Geology department has already issued orders to stop extraction of fresh ore from the mining leases from March 15 onwards.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 17:35 IST